Federer, Djokovic On Court Wednesday In Dubai; Nadal Makes Quick Work Of Qualifier In Mexico
by Staff | February 27th, 2013, 12:09 am

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be featured in a rare nighttime double header Wednesday in the desert of Dubai. After being extended to three sets by Malek Jaziri, Federer faces Marcel Granollers in the second round.

Djokovic, a brisk winner today over countryman Viktor Troicki, also meets a Spaniard in Roberto Bautista Agut.

“That was a great match, especially in the first set, considering the fact I haven’t played an official tournament for three, four weeks,” said Djokovic following his first match since the Australian Open. “I wanted to be extra focused on the court today, because I also knew he has a big serve, as he had proven tonight, and can be very dangerous on these courts. This is one of the fastest hard courts on the tour that I have experienced outdoors. So you need to be really committed to every point and play well.”

Juan Martin Del Potro advanced but it wasn’t as easy. The Argentine saved three matchpoints in a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) thriller over Marcos Baghdatis.

“He’s a great player,” said Del Potro. “He fights like me every point, and we had fantastic rallies. I’m so glad to beat him tonight in Dubai. I played fantastic forehands to keep playing this match. Then in the end, of course, you need a little bit of luck to win these kinds of matches, and I think I played solid on important points in the third.”

Upsets though hit the tournament as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fell to countryman Michael Llodra and Janko Tipsarevic was bounced by Nikolay Davydenko. An illness also claimed Bernard Tomic as he retired early in his match.

“I was in France yesterday. I just arrived. It was tough to have a good reaction,” reflected Tsonga who just won Marseille indoors on Sunday. “I cannot play properly with Michael because he’s playing everything in two, three shots. So you don’t have time really to get a good rhythm. When you’re not so good physically, it’s tough to have a very good precision and to react really fast.”

In Mexico, Rafael Nadal continued his comeback with a rousing win over Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2. He’ll face yet another Argentine qualifier, Martin Alund, in a rematch of their 3-set Sao Paulo match. Nadal’s countrymen David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, who picked up his 300th career victory, were also winners. No. 4 seed Stanislas Wawrinka was upset by Fabio Fognini.


CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
T Kamke (GER) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)

Not Before 4:00 PM
[4] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [PR] S Devvarman (IND)

Not Before 7:00 PM
M Granollers (ESP) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)

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24 Comments for Federer, Djokovic On Court Wednesday In Dubai; Nadal Makes Quick Work Of Qualifier In Mexico

Humble Rafa Says:

Times are tough, I know. Please try to wear more clothing.



skeezer Says:

“In Mexico, Rafael Nadal continued his comeback with a rousing win over Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2. He’ll face yet another Argentine qualifier, Martin Alund, in a rematch of their 3-set Sao Paulo match.”

LMAO…CLASSIC! Rack that write in the Tennis X archives….!!

Wog boy Says:

How old are these girls, 15-16?

Giles Says:

HR. it’s too hot out there, a combination of the weather and Rafa!! Lol

alison Says:

Off topic but just to say i always love this picture of Roger when it appears on the tennis x forum.

the_mind_reels Says:

Federer is winning pretty comfortably against Granollers, but his forehand continues to misfire today as it did on Monday vs. Jaziri. He’ll need to clean that up if he wants to win Dubai.

juljo724 Says:

I love it..lol. Fed gets stretched to 3 sets by a guy ranked 128th and in his 1st match of this year, yet all people focus on is rafa playing a qualifier in his 3rd tourney after being off tour for 7 months. Mostly, it’s the certain fed fans doing it.

courbon. Says:

@Nadalista:Thank you for the link on Djokovic

The Great Davy Says:

Tomorrow, the FeDavy dynasty of 2013 is resumed. First showing, I play like 300 year old. To take extra caution, I have Eduard put bathroom out of order.

If Janko did in there was true, I will have no chance against Roger.

Wog boy Says:

Can we talk little bit about tennis instead Rafa’s knees, has anyone seen Nole’s match, how did he play? I can see second set was tight.

Wog boy Says:

I’ll take it as NO.

Giles Says:

Margot. Need you ask? Fed in hibernation !! More Rafa bashing I guess

Sirius Says:

@Wog boy,

i think nole played great until 5-3 in the 2nd set. just one bad service game and maybe a small lack of focus i guess at that time of the match. but he played fantastic and agressive tennis for most of the time. just my thought, im not an expert. just saying from what i’ve felt watching his match :)

Sirius Says:


don’t worry, we the fed fans will be just fine

rafaeli Says:

Wog boy, no one is forcing anyone to talk about Rafa’s knees. Maybe people find it more interesting than Nole’s match.

skeezer Says:


Thanks for the link

Like Sirius says, we’ll be fine. Good for Fed, he deserves it, and very cool he wants to spend more time with the Fam, I mean how can anyone not be on board with that? Tennis is by in large a selfish sport, but Fed again breaks down the barriers of it all and transcends the Game through his actions. Fed has, and is proving that you can have a Family of your own and compete at the highest level in Tennis.

Giles Says:

^^^^ Blah, Blah, Blah!

skeezer Says:

^^^^ was that a post or an imitation of a Lamb?

Giles Says:

^^^^ Interpret it any way you like!

Wog boy Says:


Thanks very much:)


I am happy for you are able to enjoy those exiting matches and exiting high quality tennis in South America, keep watching it, I’ll stick with boring Delpo/Nole & Berdych/Federer.

Sirius Says:

Wog boy,

you are welcome :)

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