Federer downs Djokovic in Dubai

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Updated: February 28, 2014

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Roger Federer will have the opportunity of clinching a 6th Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship when he faces last years runner up Tomas Berdych in the final.

Tomas Berdych began proceedings with a 7/5, 7/5 victory over number 7 seed Philipp Kohlschreber continuing his good early season form.

In the much anticipated late match, Roger Federer displayed some of his best form in years to overcome Novak Djokovic in 3 sets, 3/6, 6/3, 6/2.

It was the 32nd occasion that the two had met with Federer having previously won 16 to Djokovic’s 15, with 14 of their clashes going the distance and on tonight’s performance, any thoughts that Federer was coming to the end of his career need to be forgotten.

Djokovic and Federer have dominated in Dubai since 2003 with only Nadal and Roddick winning the title other than the them.

The Swiss is a notoriously slow starter and tonight was no different as Djokovic raced to a 6/3 win in the first set. Federer then found his first serve and matched Djokovic from the baseline shot for shot mixed in with some sublime net play to take the second set by the same margin.

A double break in the third put Federer in control as he closed out the match and a much needed win against Djokovic that will give him a lot of confidence going forward this season.

Standing in Federer’s way for a 6th title in the Emirate is Tomas Berdych who put the Swiss out in the semifinal last year in a 3 set thriller. The Czech has been in top form this season with a win in Rotterdam 3 weeks ago, his first Tour win since Stockholm in 2011.

The pair have met on 16 occasions with Federer winning 10 however Berdych has won the last 2 meetings, Dubai last year and in the 2012 US Open quarterfinals at Flushing Medows, both on the hard court surface.