Federer and Djokovic remain on course in Dubai

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Updated: February 26, 2014

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remained on course for a semifinal clash when they both advanced into the quarterfinals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Federer looked to be cruising against Radek Stepanek when he took the first set 6/2, however the Swiss seemed to move into cruise control allowing Stepanek back in the match when he clinched the second set 6/7, the first time he had taken a set off Federer since the 2008 US Open.

Federer responded to the scare and clinched the third set 6/3 and will now take on Lukas Rosol, the man that put Nadal out of Wimbledon 2 years ago. Rosol advanced in straight sets against Dmitry Tursunov.

In other action, last years runner up Tomas Berdych breezed past Sergiy Stakhovsy in straight sets and will now face Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who enjoyed an easy day in the office as Davydenko withdrew through injury, while Kohlschreiber, Youzhny and Jaziri all joined them in the quarterfinals.

In the last match of the evening, 4 times champion Novak Djokovic demolished Roberto Bautista Agut 6/1, 6/3,  setting up a meeting with Mikhail Youzhny who last beat the defending champion on the hard courts of Rotterdam in 2010.

THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINAL MATCHES

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (6)
Tomas Berdych (3) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5)
Roger Federer (4) vs. Lukas Rosol
Philipp Kohlschreiber (7) vs. Malek Jaziri