Posted February 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
Defending champion Roger Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic are on course to face each in the Dubai Championships final after each moved into the quarterfinals Wednesday with straight-set victories. The world's two best players were joined by Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych, who also both won in straight sets. Berdych saved 12 of 14 break points to beat Tobias Kamke 7-5, 6-1, and Del Potro defeated Somdev Devvarman 6-4, 6-4 before hitting a few balls with former Argentina soccer star Diego Maradona. Djokovic beat Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (4). The top-ranked Djokovic broke Bautista-Agut three times to win the first set in 23 minutes and took a 3-0 lead in the second. But at 5-3 up and serving for the match, Bautista-Agut managed to break Djokovic and seemed to suddenly come alive -- going on to save four match points to level the set at 5-5. Djokovic produced a volleyed winner to go up 6-5 up, only for the 55th-ranked Spaniard to have a good service ...

Djokovic through to Dubai final

Novak Djokovic has reached the final of the Dubai Championships, defeating fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Friday. The top-ranked Serb, bidding for his fourth Dubai title in five years, made the only break of the first set and came from 3-0 down in the second. Serving at 3-1, 30-40, the Argentine was given a time violation. A furious del Potro then hit a forehand...

Federer Escapes Jaziri in First Round of Dubai

(February 25,  2013) Dubai UAE - Roger Federer began the defense of his title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday but he was stretched to three sets before overcoming Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.   Jaziri showed no sign of nerves as he competed on equal terms throughout the opening set, before breaking to lead 6-5 when Federer netted a backhand...

O Roger, Where art thou?

As Roger Federer plays this week to defend his Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, we have to admit something to ourselves. Not that Federer won’t win more titles but that there will be less and less tournaments that we will actually get to see him play in over the course of a year. At 31, [...]

Djokovic, Federer, Del Potro Move into Dubai Quarterfinals

(February  27, 2013) Dubai UAE -  Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have  reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday. Djokovic defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 7-6(7-4) and Federer beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4.   Djokovic took charge right from the start, breaking his opponent’s serve in the first game and dominating right...

Djokovic Leads Top Four Seeds into Dubai Semis

(February 28, 2013) Top seed Novak Djokovic dominated  Andreas Seppi to win 6-0, 6-3, Roger Federer took only 54 minutes to overwhelm Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-2, Tomas Berdych defeated Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-2 and Juan Martin Del Potro beat qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4. 6-2 in Dubai tennis.   After a seven-minute opening game during which Djokovic saved a break point the world number...

If You Pay Them, They Will Come

Roger Federer serves during his first round match in Dubai Not all tennis tournaments are created alike, even those of allegedly equal standing. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships awards precisely the same number of ranking points as the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis last week, since both are ATP500 events. There the similarities end. Dubai awards considerably...

Easy Day for Djokovic, Tsonga Falls, Del Potro Survives in Dubai

  (February 26, 2013) Dubai UAE – Novak Djokovic trying to win his fourth title in Dubai, defeated fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-4 in just 67 minutes on Tuesday.   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, fresh from his tournament triumph in Marseilles, fell 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, against compatriot Michael Llodra. It was Llodra’s first win in Dubai in four attempts.   Djokovic, who is celebrating...
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