Unlike his previous rounds of the ongoing tournament, Federer was a completely different player in the semi-final clash as he broke Borna Coric of Croatia four times before eventually clinching a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win in one hour and seven minutes.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roger Federer met earlier in the season at the Australian Open where Tsitsipas won in 4 sets. I think that I am a little bit more aggressive and he's much faster than me.
With the finals qualification, in just his second Dubai Championship appearance, Tsitsipas will begin next week in the top 10 in the global rankings for the first time in his career, since he has surpassed Croatian Marin Čilić in points who, up until this point, held onto the 10th spot globally.
"It hasn't started easy to be honest, you know the first tournament I played here in Dubai people weren't happy with my performance, so I came back the following year and tried to prove them wrong, that they didn't see the right Roger, the bad one, you know, the emotional one". "At the end, I actually played really good".
Tsitsipas remains on course for back-to-back titles after beating Gael Monfils.
"Tsitsipas is tough to play, tough to beat", he said.
"I think it was important to mix it up, be solid, not give him too many chances and keep showing him it's going to be really hard for him to win, " Federer said. "I'm just going to go back and work some more, practice some more and get ready for Indian Wells". He will also be the youngest player now in the top 10, as he was already the youngest in the top 20. I will have to serve very well. Less first serves [and] less accuracy.