Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic Final ATP Dubai 2011 | Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic Final ATP Dubai 2011: A Big Final match in ATP Dubai open 2011 of Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic. Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the Dubai championships final with a dramatic victory on Friday over Tomas Berdych who was forced to retire in the deciding set. Djokovic won 6-7 6-2 4-2 in a fluctuating tussle with the third-seeded Czech who was hampered by a thigh injury in the closing stages.
Roger Federer, who lost his Australian Open title to Novak Djokovic last month, moved to within one win of a possible rematch with the Serb as the two rivals accelerated into the semi-finals of the Dubai Open Thursday. Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam winner, won a colourful match full of daring shot-making against Sergiy Stakhovsky, the world number 43 from the Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic, in the best form of his career while winning the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, had to work unexpectedly hard for a second successive day to beat Florian Mayer, the world number 38 from Germany, 7-5, 6-1.
The pair were evenly matched in the opening set with neither earning a break point in the first 11 games but Djokovic saved two set points before losing the tiebreak 7-5.
Djokovic was puzzled early on by Mayer’s unusual combinations of slice and net attack, and went 3-5 down before finding some answers and advancing.
Federer also went a break down before getting into his stride, and later had an important piece of luck when Stakhovsky was denied a break back for 4-4 in the second set by a line call which Hawkeye showed to be incorrect.
The Serbian second seed had looked sluggish in the first set but he offered more of a threat in the second, holding a break point for 2-0 and breaking for 3-1 when Berdych netted a backhand.
Both players saved break points in the next two games but Djokovic broke again for the set before Berdych called for the trainer and had his left thigh massaged.
Games went quickly in the final set as both players held serve comfortably until Djokovic broke to lead 4-3. Berdych lost the next two points before deciding to retire.
“The problem was my left quadriceps,” Berdych told reporters. “Was not able just to serve, move to the sides, and just feel the pain. It’s no chance to just play with this guy in the condition that I was feeling.
“Just didn’t make sense to be walking and just be able to finish, so that’s not my style. I felt it just too much for the serve and I couldn’t serve. So to play Novak, one of the best returners, this time to play without the serve, no chance.”
Djokovic was very unhappy with the way he played.
“I don’t know how to explain today’s match really. In one word, catastrophe,” the Australian Open champion said.
“I think the match overall and my game, it was the worst match this year for me, worst performance. But I managed to get a win, so I guess that’s what matters.
“I hate it when I play this way, but I was still trying to fight within myself and try to stay focused and at least hold serve.”