The star-studded duo took some time out from serious practice for an impromptu match on the beach facing the iconic Burj Al Arab at the Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel on Friday.
Murray and Federer haven’t played since the Australian Open, as the Swiss maestro went on to win his 18th Grand Slam with a famous victory over Rafael Nadal.
But now back at his home from home in Dubai, the city where he often trains, Federer took on Murray on the beach as tournament Director Salah Tahlak umpired.It was the perfect place to warm up for the ATP Tournament which kicks off on Monday 27 February. “I’m looking forward to playing, especially on the anniversary of 25 years here in Dubai. It’s nice to be part of a tournament celebrating something. I’ve had some great years here in Dubai, I wanted to be in good shape and ready for the conditions so I came early this year,” 35-year-old Federer said.