Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - World No. 1 and three-time
champion Novak Djokovic secured a berth in Saturday's final at the $1.785
Dubai Tennis Championships.
The Australian Open champion extended his unbeaten streak to 17 matches
by beating fourth-seeded former U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro 6-3,
7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour, 44 minutes on the hardcourts at Dubai Tennis Stadium.
Djokovic broke del Potro three times, while the tall Argentine settled for two
breaks in the tight contest.
The sensational Serb Djokovic, who captured this Dubai event three straight
years from 2009-11, is now 8-2 lifetime against del Potro, including wins
now in their last four encounters.
The 25-year-old Djokovic will appear in his 45th career ATP final, seeking a
36th title. This marks his second final of 2013.
Djokovic's opponent on Saturday will be second-seeded Roger Federer or third
seed Tomas Berdych. The amazing Federer, the reigning Wimbledon and Dubai
champ, is eyeing a trip into an eighth Dubai finale. The Swiss icon beat
U.S. Open titlist Andy Murray in last year's marquee championship match in
Berdych was a runner-up in Marseille last week.
Federer is 11-5 lifetime against Berdych. The Czech slugger, however, won
their last meeting in a U.S. Open quarterfinal back in September.
For the first time in the Dubai Tennis Championships' 21-year history the top-
four seeds all reached the semifinals.
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