Federer and Djokovic clash in Dubai


Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The top two players in the world will contest the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after contrasting semi-final victories on Friday.

World number two Roger Federer thrashed Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 in just 57 minutes before Novak Djokovic needed more than twice as long to beat Tomas Berdych in three sets, prevailing 6-0 5-7 6-4.

“Maybe I was a bit tentative in the beginning, but I was still able to get off to somewhat of a good start, not being broken early, then breaking him right away,” said Federer, who will attempt to win his 84th tour-level title against Australian Open champion Djokovic.

“I felt like after five games I knew more or less what to expect and I realised what had worked until that point and what had not.

“I can see why he has so far caused difficulties for some of the top guys and he still has a lot of room for improvement in his game.

“He does a really good job for a big guy. It’s unbelievable how in the past 10 years we have seen so many big guys moving well from the baseline. I think he returns very well, especially off second serves, and that’s such a huge part of today’s game I believe.”

Coric, who had beaten world number three Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, said: “He was just way too good for me. I was feeling so rushed. I didn’t have any time to play my game plan.”

Djokovic looked set for an equally comfortable win over Berdych when he raced through the opening set 6-0, only to lose the second, despite breaking Berdych when the fourth seed initially served for the set at 5-3.

A second break of serve gave Berdych the set 7-5, but Djokovic bounced back to take a hard-fought decider 6-4 with a single break of serve.

Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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