Awesome Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets

Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:49pm EST
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer's enduring class shone through again as the Swiss maestro beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to win the Dubai Championships for a seventh time on Saturday.

The 33-year-old's serve is the least praised of his repertoire but it was his awesome delivery that blunted Djokovic's baseline game, taking his career ace haul past the 9,000 barrier with 12 more, several at vital moments.

The match, the 37th in their rivalry which Federer now leads 20-17, proved to be a tale of chances taken and chances missed -- Federer converting his two break points with clinical efficiency, while Djokovic failed on all seven of his.

"We get the best out of each other," Federer said in a courtside interview after winning an 84th tour singles crown.

"I'm pleased I did some good serving when I had to. I definitely won the big points tonight."

Djokovic had two set points to level the match in the second set but both times Federer was rescued by his serve.

"If you don't use these opportunities against Roger, then, you know, he fires back," Djokovic told reporters.

"Small margins, really. Nothing to really worry about. I thought it was a good week overall."   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their final match at the ATP Championships tennis tournament in Dubai, February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah