What a match this morning from Novak Djokovic who really beat up on Roger Federer 63, 63 to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Of the two, Djokovic showed again after Australia that he is simply the better player right now. On the year the Serb is a perfect 11-0
Federer, who was looking for a fifth Dubai crown, had a break edge in the second set but in a blink it evaporated and so did his chances for a victory today.
Djokovic served incredibly well and after a “catastrophic” performance yesterday he really played nearly perfect tennis today. Congrats to him and his fans. He looks like someone who could finish No. 1!
Novak has won 15 straight matches now in Dubai and 14 straight overall, a career-best.
Here are some quotes from both guys after the final:
Djokovic: “I have this feeling in my head, and it’s really important to know for me that I can perform this well. This match has probably been one of the best that I played this year. I want to keep it up, definitely. I feel physically well, fit, mentally motivated to do even more coming up to Indian Wells and Miami where I haven’t done well in the last years.
“Any time I win against Roger it’s a great success because he’s such a great player. We all know how mentally strong of a player he is. To be able to win against Roger in straight sets as I did tonight is incredible, but I want to keep on going. I know that I have qualities to do even more, and that’s what I want.
“I guess I rose to the occasion. I was aware of the challenge that is expecting me on the court, and I was aware of the fact that I need to be on top of my game in order to beat Roger. I was serving really well, especially the first set, holding my serve except that one game when I got broken, confidently through throughout the whole match. Just the perfect performance overall.”
Federer: “I think Novak played well. [It was] obviously [a] disappointing end as well to the match. I guess you can’t win them all. I played so well in Doha in the finals, in London in the finals, in Basel in the finals. I guess I had to mess one up. It’s a pity, but, look, Novak played great.
“I definitely feel he’s playing well. I thought he was already playing well at the end of last year. We had a couple of real close ones. This one has been one of the rather disappointing matches for me against him. I can’t play great every time either. So it’s been a tough one, but I’m not too disappointed. It’s another final for me. I tried tonight. Just didn’t really happen for me.”
And here are the match highlights and interviews if you missed them or just wish to relive them:
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