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Djokovic storms past Federer in Dubai final

ESPN staff
February 26, 2011
Novak Djokovic has not tasted defeat in the last four months © PA Photos
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Novak Djokovic made it 14 straight victories by defeating Roger Federer 6-3 6-3 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championship.

The Serb, who has not lost an ATP Tour match since November, was in control for the majority of the contest, with Federer only managing a brief rally at the start of the second set.

Djokovic began the match with a 13-match winning streak behind him, and his confidence was obvious during a first set that he dominated from start to finish. Federer was unable to make any impression on his opponent, winning just four points against the serve and surrendering two breaks.

The Swiss maestro came out fighting at the beginning of the second frame, clinching an early break that propelled him into a 3-1 lead, but his period in the ascendancy was fleeting. Djokovic came thundering back, destroying the Federer second serve with punishing groundstrokes, as he pieced together five successive games to record the victory.

Federer's tendency to succumb to unforced errors in the late stages was alarming, not least because he had looked at his imperious best during a semi-final win over Richard Gasquet. His aberrations were pounced upon by Djokovic, who claimed the Dubai crown for the third year in a row.

Janko Tipsarevic will contest the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship final on Sunday after he beat Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-4. His opponent will be Juan Martin Del Potro, who dominated Mardy Fish 6-1 7-5.

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