Match report

Juan Martin Del Potro ©
Semi final
3/2/12 Tot
ar  Juan Martin Del Potro
ch  Roger Federer
Roger Federer ©
  • Federer withstands Del Potro charge, into Dubai finals

    3/2/12 6:34 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Roger Federer fought off four set points in the second-set tiebreaker with clutch play from the baseline to close out a straight set victory over Juan Martin Del Potro.

    In a fine end to semifinal day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Roger Federer just edged out Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in a pair of tiebreak sets.

    Both men served well, with Del Potro in particular doing damage with his fine second serve. There were no service breaks, though Roger Federer had 6 break point chances. Federer wasn’t quite as dominant as he had been the rest of the tournament, but a cool head at the important moments of the tiebreakers allowed him to advance in straight sets.

    In the first set tiebreaker, Del Potro found himself in an early and deep hole at 2-5. He clawed his way back to 5-6, but on Federer’s last set point, he finally closed it out for 7-5.

    The second set tiebreaker played similarly to the first, except that it was Federer that got into an early hole, and Federer who was forced to stave off set points. The Swiss was just slightly more successful. He fought off four set points and then secured one more minibreak to take the match.

    Federer’s win sets up a star-studded final with world No. 4 Andy Murray, who is in his first Dubai final.

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