Federer Defeats Djokovic to Reach Dubai Final

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17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is through to the finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where he will meet last year’s runner up Tomas Berdych for an opportunity to lift his sixth trophy in Dubai.

Federer put on a fantastic showing on Friday evening in Dubai, dispatching of world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in three sets to reach yet another final at this ATP 500 event. He would drop the opening set 6-3, but would recover magnificently to win the following two sets 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final. The win was Federer’s 17th over the world No.2 and his first since the Cincinnati Masters event in 2012. It was also the first time the Swiss No. 2 ever defeated Djokovic after dropping the opening set.

World No. 6 Tomas Berdych topped 26th ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber to advance to his second consecutive final in Dubai. The win also extended his streak to eleven consecutive matches, including a title victory at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam two weeks ago.

“It was definitely not me [at the start of the match], and it was a really horrible start to the game,” said Berdych. “But I managed to refocus and stay there, stay calm, and wait for my chance, which in the end I got. I was ready for it, so I took the first set. Philipp was serving really well [in the second set], very solid, didn’t give me many chances at all on his serve. Then I got my one chance in the last game and I took it.”

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship final is scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon.


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