Federer takes Djokovic out in Dubai

Roger Federer brought the spirit of Sampras with him into the second and third sets after dropping a lackluster opening set 6-3.  The final two sets were 6-3, 6-2 behind scintillating backhand volleys and big first serves up the tee.  Djokovic missed more returns than usual in part because he looked unsure whether he could hit a usual return or had to keep it lower if Federer charged the net.  It was mostly high quality tennis that we’ve come to expect from the #2 and #8 players in the world with Federer finishing his tennis stats at +6 and Djoker with +1 (winners over unforced errors).  If you are in the plus column then that’s quality!  Look for the Fed express to meet Tomas Berdych in the Dubai Duty Free final after he took out Phil Kohlschreiber 7-5, 7-5 in his semi-final.

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