Federer marches towards Dubai final

Top seed Roger Federer continued his steady progress at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as he reached the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tennis tournament Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The Swiss has been largely untroubled in his pursuit of a fifth title in Dubai this week and, despite dropping serve for the first time in the tournament, dispatched the No. 43-ranked Stakhovsky in 72 minutes. He saved eight of the nine break points he faced and capitalised on three of the nine chances he created.

“I try not to waste any energy,” said Federer of his run through. “Most important thing is to come through. Doesn't matter if it's three times 7 6 in a row to get to the semi. At the end of the day, you want to give yourself chances to win the trophy, and that's what I'm doing. I think I didn't have any let's say completely easy matches here. I've always had to be very focused.”

The 29-year-old Federer has a 28-3 record in Dubai after winning three successive titles from 2003-2005, reaching the final in 2006, and lifting the trophy again in 2007. He is chasing his 68th tour-level title this week and his second of the season after triumphing in Doha (d. Davydenko) in the first week; he followed with a semi-final showing at the Australian Open.

Date: 24.02.2011, Source: ATP


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