On a very hot day, Novak Djokovic prevailed over Tomas Berdych in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships today.
Djokovic, who called the match “catastrophic” during his on-court interview, was leading 67(5), 62, 42, 30-0 when Berdych retired with a left quadricep injury.
Djokovic will bid for a third Dubai title tomorrow against…Roger Federer! Federer overcame a second set hole to beat Richard Gasquet 62, 75. Gasquet served for the second set at 5-3 but that’s when the Frenchman folded.
Federer and Djokovic will meet for a 21st time tomorrow. The Swiss, who has won four Dubai titles, leads 13-7. Djokovic, who has won all 10 matches in 2011, beat Roger in the Australian Open semifinals a month ago.
“This is not similar, because we actually didn’t play the finals against each other in Australia,” Federer said. “He’s been playing well. He hasn’t lost a match yet this season.
“Maybe a bit of an up and down performance here this last week [from Djokovic], [but] again his class showed. He made it to another final. He’s obviously looking to get the hat-trick here; I hope to stop him and get my fifth. I’m excited about the match. I’m sure we’re going to see great rallies.”
Federer has won their last four best-of-three set matches while Djokovic has won their two most recent best-of-five affairs.
It should be a great match.
Here are the highlights and on-court interview from Novak’s win:
And Roger Federer’s post match interview:
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