Federer and Djokovic power through in Dubai

Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:47pm EST
 
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DUBAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic strolled to easy victories in the Dubai Championships second round on Wednesday, keeping the world's top two players on course for a showdown in Saturday's final.

Other dangers await after Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro also claimed straight set wins, but few in Wednesday's 5,000 capacity crowd would bet against another meeting between the big two, winners of 23 Grand Slam titles between them.

Federer dismissed Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4, while Djokovic overcame a late stumble to beat another Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 7-6.

Djokovic was seeking a 15th straight win, his unbeaten streak dating back to October, while Agut has one tour final appearance to his name and the Spaniard was overawed by the Serb's power and movement.

The first set was over in 23 minutes and Djokovic broke for a fourth game in five to go 2-0 up in the second.

The match looked all over, but Agut fought back, breaking Djokovic and saving four match points to take the set to a tiebreak, only for the Spaniard to bow out with a double fault.

"It was not easy to finish the match - he fought very hard and is great competitor," Djokovic said in a courtside interview.

"It was my fault - I made some unforced errors that gave him the chance to come back."

The Serb, 25, now faces Italian Andreas Seppi in Thursday's quarter-finals, while Federer will play Nikolay Davydenko.   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Spain's Marcel Granollers during their men's singles match at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem