Dubai: World number six Tomas Berdych continued his new-found run of good form when he reached the final of the Dubai Open for the second successive year. Berdych had not won an ATP Tour title for 16 months until he won Rotterdam this month, but the 7-5, 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber, the seventh-seeded German was his 16th win in 17 matches. Berdych will play Roger Federer, who stunned Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Equally crucially Berdych was able to impose breaks of serve when it mattered most, at the end of each set, leaving his fluent but lighter-weight opponent with no chance to repair the damage. "It feels absolutely great," he said "I am pleased with today because it was a really tough win. It's a pleasure getting to the final again here, a tournament which has such a strong field.
"My rhythm is much better than it was. It is important for me to be hitting the ball nicely and then my game really works."