Tomas Berdych ends Roger Federer's title defence in Dubai

Federer was on the verge of success at 6-4 and 8-7 in the tie break, with the second of the three points coming on his serve, only for Berdych to somehow get into a rally and win it with some fierce ground strokes.

updated: March 02, 2013 09:26 IST
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Dubai: Roger Federer's defence of the Dubai Open title came to a dramatic end in the semi-finals after he failed to convert three match points against Tomas Berdych, the man who also upset him in the US Open.

The world number six from the Czech Republic thrillingly turned the match around after a neck-and-neck second set tie-break, going on to win 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 against the five-time champion and set up a final against Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian world number one extended his unbeaten run to 17 matches and reached the 55th final of his career with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win over Juan Martin Del Potro, the former US Open champion from Argentina.

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  • Tennis
  • Roger Federer
  • Stanislas Wawrinka
  • Tomas Berdych
  • David Ferrer
  • Radek Stepanek
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Andy Murray
  • Juan Martin del Potro
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  • Bernard Tomic
  • Guillaume Rufin
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Caroline Wozniacki