Novak Djokovic defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday in Dubai to win the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and successfully defend his title from last year, becoming only the second player after Roger Federer to successfully defend the title.
The No. 2-seeded Djokovic needed to battle for three hours 21-minutes in a match that had to be continued on a second day after torrential rain, thunder and lightning caused play to be suspended on Saturday evening.
When play was stopped, Djokovic was leading 7-5, 2-0. The Serb failed to serve out the second set at 5-3 before cleaning up in the third set.
“It took a lot of energy for me,” Djokovic said. “Stopping and playing, and coming back and then again stopping the match last night because of the rain. If we continued last night I think I had much better chance to get the job done in two sets. I felt really good on the court, hitting the ball and feeling relaxed.
“Today I was really nervous before the match, during the match for no reason. You could see my frustrations when I lost the break at four-all. But, you know, again, I think more or less a very similar story from the past matches here in this tournament. I am down in the match and basically on the verge of losing but still coming back, fighting through. Winning the tournament in any way it’s a huge success.”
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