Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship title. The Serbian took a little over one hour to finish the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. This is Djokovic’s third victory at the tournament. The 23 year old world ranked two players denied Federer his fifth title here.
This defeat is the second one for Federer at the hands of Djokovic after the first loss taking place in the semis of the Australian Open. Federer is still ahead in their head to head matches with a tally of 13-8.
Djokovic knew that he was to be at the top of his game and give his best. He was very happy with his performance. He was very focused and served to his satisfaction.
Federer squandered a nice chance to win as he was leading 3-1 in the second set of the match, but then lost five games. Federer felt that he started bad in the match and it was finished fast before he could bounce back as it happens with many three setter matches.
He felt that he was never in the game actually. In such games even though you may get a lead but it never really works out.
Djokovic feels that he is a different player this year in comparison to last year. The serve was missing last year and this year it is there taking his game to a higher level. In contrast Federer made a number of unforced errors and lost the match.
Roger Federer Gets a Chance to Avenge Defeat against Djokovic
The turf is going to be the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship, which both the players have entered on Friday. Djokovic defeated world number 7 Thomas Berdych on Friday. The Swiss world number 2 defeated Richard Gasquet of France to reach the finals.
Federer will be gunning for the fifth Dubai Tennis Championship title. He has won the tournament from 2003-2007. Djokovic, 23, will be aiming for his third straight title here.
Despite the victory over Berdych, Djokovic described the win as a “catastrophe”. According to him this was the worst game for him in 2011. But he was relieved that ultimately he won the game as that is what counts. Both the players were level at one set all and Berdych was trailing 3-4 when he had to pull out due to thing injury handing over victory to Djokovic.
Federer feels that it is not a rematch exactly as this is a final match and they met in the semi finals of the Australian Open. But the 28 year old Federer was all praise for his opponent. The fact that Djokovic hasn’t lost a single match this season and he has won the last two tournaments here, point to the fact that he is a strong contender. Federer hopes to stop Djokovic from winning the tournament for the third time and winning it for the fifth time.
The Swiss champion, however, is happy with his semi final game. He looks forward to playing Djokovic, who he feels could be dangerous towards the end of a tournament where he could have found a groove.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years on Thursday, taking pre-match tennis lunch with some of the elites of the sport.
The Queen, who last visited the All England club in 1977 was welcomed by thousands of fans and subjects who lined the pathway from court number one, passing down toward the Millennium building on a bright morning.
Once inside the player-media complex after her 20-minute walkabout, the 84-year-old monarch met a receiving line of the world’s tennis elite.
American Andy Roddick, three-time finalist at Wimbledon, replaced Andy Murray in the receiving line, with the Scot due to start the afternoon with his second-round match against Finn Jarkko Nieminen.
That was to be followed by women’s second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark facing Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan while 2008 winner Rafael Nadal was later to face Dutchman Robin Haase.
Once the Queen made her way across the skybridge connecting the player lawn to the Centre Court complex, a procession of well-dressed players followed, with Roger Federer looking particularly prepared for the occasion in a dark suit and white shirt for his later lunch date with the monarch.
The monarch was also offered with miniatures of the men’s and women’s trophies.