France’s Caroline Garcia admitted she took took a quick sleep in the rain break during her match with Carla Suarez Navarro before returning to the court for the second time to knock the Spaniard out in three minutes and 20 seconds, serving from 5-2 up, 15-15.
The 22-year-old eventually prevailed over the third-ranked seed 4-6 6-4 6-3 to book her place in the third round.
“I got changed, ate and slept,” the Fed Cup star told the media after her victory while also revealing she was surprised to see rain in Dubai!
Former world No1 Ana Ivanovic made a winning start in her Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign with a formidable 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Aussie youngster Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday.
It was a stark contrast to their only previous meeting, in Rome last year, which Gavrilova won in a third-set tiebreak.
But the 21-year-old Russian-born Aussie struggled on serve, landing just 49 per cent of her first serves in, and double-faulted five times en route to her 53-minute defeat.
It was a sensational performance from Ivanovic, who hit 19 winners against 16 unforced errors, but has no time to celebrate as she takes on top seed and defending champion Simona Halep in the second round on Wednesday.
“I put a lot of hard work in. It’s nice to see that on the court, as well. I’m also not rushing to finish the points, because I’m confident I can stay in the rallies. That’s what you need when you get deep into the tournament,” said Ivanovic, who is 2-2 head-to-head against Halep.
“Still, there is room for improvement, a lot of work to be done. You want to play against the best, and next match is going to be a tough one for me. Simona is a very tough, consistent player. She strikes the ball well, she moves well, so it’s going to be a good challenge.”
On her part, Gavrilova, who had a great Australian Open, where she made the fourth round but has not played since, said she was lacking match play.
“I don’t know, I was very off I think. I haven’t played in a bit and starting with someone who is that good is a bit hard and she played very good. I was totally off, it wasn’t great at all,” said a dejected Gavrilova.
Federer suffered the injury the day after his Australian Open semi-final defeat.
The 17-time grand slam winner has forecast he will return to action “soon” but has pulled out of playing commitments for the rest of February, which includes Dubai and Rotterdam tournaments.
Federer, 34, tore a meniscus last week, said a statement on his personal website, rogerfederer.com.
It occurred on Friday, following the previous day’s four-set defeat to Novak Djokovic at the last-four stage in Melbourne.
How Federer suffered the setback was not detailed in the short statement. and he is now aiming to be fit for the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami in March.
Federer said: “I am so disappointed to have to miss Rotterdam and Dubai as they are two of my favourite tournaments on the ATP World Tour.
“While this is an unfortunate setback, I feel grateful that up until now I have remained mostly healthy throughout my career. My doctors have ensured me that the surgery was a success and with proper rehabilitation, I will be able to return to the tour soon.”
Federer is a seven-time Dubai champion and has won the past two tournaments in the UAE city.