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Djokovic beats Federer for third Dubai title

Reuters, DUBAI

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts after losing against Vera Zvonareva of Russia following their final match of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open at the International Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday.

Photo: EPA

Defending champion Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive title at the Dubai championships when he defeated top-seed Roger Federer 6-3, 6-3 in just 71 minutes on Saturday.

It is the 20th title of his career and his second of the year after the Australian Open last month.

The second-seeded Serbian is the only player apart from four-time champion Federer to have won the title three times, following Federer victories in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

He has now won 15 straight matches in Dubai and is enjoying a career-best 14-match winning streak dating back to December’s Davis Cup final.

Federer looked the weaker player from the start and Djokovic surrendered just four points on serve in the opening set.

Djokovic was also aggressive from the baseline and he swiftly earned the first break of serve to lead 2-1 when Federer mis-hit a backhand wide.

Djokovic continued to pile on the pressure as Federer struggled to find a rhythm and he held two break-points for a 4-1 lead. -Although Federer held him off in that game, Djokovic broke again for the set when he forced Federer to net a backhand.

Federer broke to lead in the second set, but his revival was short-lived.

A netted smash on break-point allowed Djokovic to level at 3-3 and a backhand error from the Swiss gave him a further break for 5-3 as the Serb swept on toward his latest title.



Juan Martin del Potro’s return from injury continued to gather pace on Saturday as the Argentine booked his place in the final of the US$442,500 ATP Delray Beach Championships.

Del Potro defeated second-seeded American Mardy Fish 6-1, 7-5 to reach his first final since he won the 2009 US Open title.

He played just three tournaments in last year’s season, which was derailed by a right wrist injury.

In the weeks leading up to the Delray Beach tournament, he reached the semi-finals at San Jose and in Memphis



World No. 6 David Ferrer successfully defended his Mexican Open title with a three-set victory over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the Acapulco final on Saturday.

Top-seed Ferrer, who has never lost to Almagro in six meetings, won 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 to capture his 11th title while ending his compatriot’s 13-match winning streak.

World No. 13 Almagro was chasing a record third successive title on the Latin American claycourt circuit after his victories in the Buenos Aires Open last week.

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