Djokovic to play Del Potro in Dubai semi-finals

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Novak Djokovic cruised to Dubai 2013 semis and has set up a clash against Juan Martin Del Potro who also won in straight sets.

Top seed Serb Djokovic wasted little time against Andreas Seppi in Dubai quarterfinals as he dropped only three games in two sets, beating his Italian challenger for the tenth time in his career. Seventh seed Seppi, who has not been able to defeat Djokovic yet, squandered a break ball in the opening game, yet it would have probably not made any difference as the top-ranked player broke him three times in a row and delivered him a bagel at the end of the first set.

Nole extended his run to seven games in the beginning of the second before letting Seppi get on the board at 1-1. However, the 20th-ranked Italian suffered a loss of serve shortly after and all of his hopes to get back into the game were practically gone. He had to defend the first match ball on his serve at 5-2, but ultimately laid down his arms in the following game as Djokovic held his last service game to book a Dubai semifinal ticket with a 6-0, 6-3 fine victory. He won 89% of his first serve point, Seppi only 50%.

His semifinal opponent will be fourth-seeded Argentine Del Potro who dealt with German qualifier Daniel Brands in straight sets as well. Brands eliminated eighth seed Youzhny in the previous round, but Delpo would always be a tougher nut to crack for 97th-ranked German. In truth, the opener was a neck and neck race for most of the time. No break point chances were created until Brands was serving to stay in the set at 4-5. The Argentine suddenly produced a triple break ball and tucked away the first one to grab the set. He then escaped to 3-0 in the following one before breaking Brands again in the last game of the encounter, efficiently converting the third one of his three break balls in the match. Final score: 6-4, 6-2.

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