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2014 Dubai - Tomas Berdych will play Roger Federer in Saturday's final

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Tomas Berdych reaches 2nd straight Dubai Open final. The semifinal win extends his winning streak to 11. Berdych arrived in Dubai having won his first title in over a year at Rotterdam two weeks ago




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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer

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Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych to win 6th Dubai title

Dubai, U.A.E.

by ATP Staff  |  01.03.2014

Roger Federer won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the sixth time on Saturday as he rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Berdych had been looking to go one better than last year, when he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the final. The Czech was denied a second crack at Djokovic when the Serb’s reign in the desert was ended in the semi-finals by Federer.

"I would say many things [went wrong]," lamented Berdych. "The match started pretty well. I had really many chances, and then I basically just gave him the game and that's it.

"It's very disappointing for me the way I handled that situation. I was in the better shape and playing really well and made my chances, but unfortunately I didn't execute it in the end.

"I'm quite good in that I don't keep the losses in my head for a long time. I will definitely try to learn from the mistakes in the second set. I will just try to take positives from that and just leave all the negatives behind."

The 28-year-old Berdych had been on an 11-match winning run, having won his ninth ATP World Tour title two weeks ago in Rotterdam (d. Cilic). He dropped to a 9-12 finals record.







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Roger Federer

Tomas Berdych's girlfriend Ester Satorova watches his boyfriend's final match against Roger Federer during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 1, 2014.






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Finale, as it unfolded

First set: 6-3 Berdych

Federer retained his serve and broke Berdych for an early lead, but with his forehand and serve awry, he then dropped serve twice to lose the set 3-6. Berdych won 26 of the 50 points in the set and they made eight unforced errors each.

Second set: 6-4 Federer

Federer lifted his game and broke back after dropping his serve in the fifth game. He then broke Berdych to love in the 10th game to clinch the set. The Swiss had 10 winners to Berdych’s six, committed two less unforced errors (7-9) and won 32 of the 54 points in the set.

Third set: 6-3 Federer

Berdych saved his serve at love-40 in the second game, but Federer broke him on his next serve for a 3-1 lead and, after surviving two break points in a tense seventh game and failing to use two match points in the eighth, the Swiss served out for his fifth championship.



Roger Federer shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after defeating Berdych in their men's singles final match at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, March 1, 2014. Federer won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.





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