Djokovic Humbles Federer for Third Dubai Crown

by John on February 26, 2011

World No. 3 Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-3 Saturday night to win the Dubai Tennis Championships for the third year in a row. The victory pushed the red-hot Serb’s record to 12-0 this year and 14-0 since he lost in the semis at the ATP World Tour Finals in November. Djokovic improved to 8-13 against Federer and now has won two straight over the No. 2-ranked Swiss star. Nole defeated Federer in the semis at the Australian Open last month en route to winning his second major title. “I have this feeling in my head, and it’s really important to know for me that I can perform this well,” Djokovic said. “This match has probably been one of the best that I played this year. I want to keep it up, definitely. I feel physically well, fit, mentally motivated to do even more coming up to Indian Wells and Miami where I haven’t done well in the last years.” Djokovic started strong, breaking in the third and ninth games of the first set, to take the opener handily. Federer steadied his game at the start of the second set, got a break at 1-1, and held to jump out to a 3-1 lead. That was the last game the Swiss Maestro would win, though, as Djokovic broke at 3-2 and 3-4 and served it out to win in one hour and 11 minutes. “Any time I win against Roger it’s a great success because he’s such a great player,” Djokovic said. “We all know how mentally strong of a player he is. To be able to win against Roger in straight sets as I did tonight is incredible, but I want to keep on going. I know that I have qualities to do even more, and that’s what I want.” Djokovic served five aces and won an impressive 82 percent of his first service points (27 of 33). Federer also had five aces, but won a middling 63 percent of the points behind his first serve (22 of 35). “This one has been one of the rather disappointing matches for me against him,” Federer said. “I can’t play great every time either. So it’s been a tough one, but I’m not too disappointed. It’s another final for me. I tried tonight — it just didn’t really happen for me.” The title was the 20th of Djokovic’s career.


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