3/3/13 4:34 AM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer will put Dubai disappointment behind him as he journeys from the Gulf to California for a fresh start at the Indian Wells Masters.
The Swiss was upset 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4`in the semi-finals by Tomas Berdych, who seems to have dialed in on the Federer game with five wins from their past eight matches.
While world No. 2 Federer admits he let his winning chances go by missing on three match points in the tiebreaker the Swiss is looking ahead to the chance from lightning-fast in Dubai to slower in the desert of Indian Wells.
"If you go into a tough Love-30 hole, it's tough to get out of it, that's what happened in the second set to get a break down and it happened again in the third," he said by way of analysis of the Berdych loss. "I've definitely got to work on that so it doesn't happen.
"But anyway, Indian Wells is going to be much slower, so it's going to be a different type of tennis over there. I played good tennis during long periods of this match, but was maybe a touch up and down, which really can happen."
But no matter how he views it, the evening was not pleasant for the five-time Dubai champion. "It's just disappointing losing this way. I think it's the third time I lose these match points against Tomas, twice in singles and once in doubles.
"It's just one of those matches you feel you should have won but end up losing. Always when you lose with match points you have a lot of regrets. That's one of these matches again."
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