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Djokovic and Federer lead top seeds into Dubai semis

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At easeFederer dismantled Davydenko to claim a 19th victory in 21 against the Russian.Photo: reuters
At easeFederer dismantled Davydenko to claim a 19th victory in 21 against the Russian.Photo: reuters

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stayed on course for a scorching desert showdown as they led the top four seeds into the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday.

Djokovic extended his winning streak to 16 matches as he routed Andreas Seppi 6-0 6-3 to set up a 10th meeting with Del Potro, whose thunderous serving helped him overwhelm German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4 6-2.

Federer vanquished Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 6-2 and world number six Berdych swatted aside wildcard Dmitry Tursunov 6-3 6-2.

Long time friends Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi set up the semi-final clash of the Dubai Tennis Championships against each other after winning quarter-finals with their respective partners, here on Thursday.

Unseeded Bopanna and Ram hit seven aces and converted one of seven break point opportunities to beat Victor Hanescu and Lukas Rosol 4-6, 7-5, 10-4 in 79 minutes.

Later in the day, Bhupathi and Llodra also came from behind to oust the fourth seeded pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 4-6 6-4 10-8 in a fiercely fought match.Agencies

Bhupathi-Llodra make it to the finals

In the clash between Bhupathi and Bopanna, Mahesh Bhupathi and Michael Llodra emerged victorious, defeating Rohan Bopanna and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 10-5 in the semifinals.


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