Roger Federer has clinched his 50th win of the Dubai Tennis Championships, thrashing Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Federer moves closer to his 100th ATP singles title with Wednesday’s 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory.
The 37-year-old 20-time Grand Slam winner will face Hungarian world number 35 Marton Fucsovics for a place in the last four.
However, there was a shock defeat for top seed Kei Nishikori against Polish qualifier Hubert Hurkacz.
Hurkacz hit six out of seven break points to defeat his Japanese opponent 7-5 5-7 6-2.
If Federer win a record eighth title in Dubai, he will claim a century of ATP victories, with only American Jimmy Connors ahead of him on 109.
By Olukayode Oniwinde
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