Top seed Novak Djokovic is still a man to beat at Dubai ATP tournament. He reached the final after sending home Del Potro in straight sets.
Top seed Djokovic got one step closer to obtaining his fourth Dubai Tennis Championships title after seeing off fourth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, extending his run of victories to 17. While the Serb was leading their H2H series 7-2, the opening set was tight until 3-2 for Djokovic when the latter converted the only break ball of the set to get his nose in front. He consolidated the break with a hold to love, Delpo then stayed in the set, yet the World No. 1 won another love game to serve the opener out.
The level of serving dropped in the second set and Djokovic faced a triple break ball in the second game – he averted the first two, but went one break down after the following rally. The break was confirmed, yet the Serb kept grinding and managed to pull off a five straight games run, making the result 5-3. Del Potro was hanging by a thread in his next service game, but he fended off a match ball before breaking Nole to level the score at 5-5. He could not complete his comeback though – the tie-break did not go according to his plans as he was the only one to concede a mini-break there.
Djokovic made it to the Dubai 2013 final with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory. Both of the players smashed 7 aces, yet the Serb was far more efficient with his first serve (83%-65%). He will have to wait for the outcome of the match between Federer and Berdych to find out who will be his last rival this week.