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  • Djokovic, Del Potro battle in Dubai semi

    3/1/13 1:13 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Djokovic, Del Potro battle in Dubai semi World No. 1 Novak Djokovic looks to secure a spot in the championship final with a victory over fellow seed Juan Martin Del Potro. The winner moves on to face either defending champion Roger Federer or 3rd seed Tomas Berdych.

    Novak Djokovic holds a 7-2 series advantage over world No. 7 Juan Martin Del Potro. The players last met at the 2012 World Tour Finals, where a semifinal match went to the top seed in three sets.

    Djokovic is through to the semifinal after crushing Italy's Andreas Seppi in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. The three-time former champion converted four of 8 break points through 65 minutes of play.

    The world No. 1 is seeking his 11th consecutive victory in 2013.

    Del Potro advanced to the final four with a 6-4, 6-2 ousting of German qualifier Daniel Brands. The 24-year-old Argentine tallied 8 aces and a trio of service breaks during the 63-minute match.

    “I played really well in the second set and I took my chance to break his serve at the end of the first set,” Del Potro commented. “He made a few mistakes with his forehand and it was a really fast game when he was serving. I tried to be focused on my service game.”

    Del Potro will attempt to reach his first final in Dubai.

    Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets.

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At 1:3 in second set, Nole has a break point and the umpire calls the time violation on DelPo which was totally unnecessary. That disturbs DelPo and Nole makes a break. Usually, I would be happy when Nole makes a break. Now, I am not. That call was unfair. Not only was it an important point for DelPo but he was already making a move to serve. It's 3:3 now, Nole has another break point and obviously, that call didn't settle well with DelPo.

danica , 3/1/13 3:20 PM


It was TERRIBLE call! Unbelievable !!!

zare , 3/1/13 3:28 PM


And again, Nole serves for the match and can't close it out. What is it? Murrayitis? :))

danica , 3/1/13 3:39 PM


And again, Nole serves for the match and can't close it out. What is it? Murrayitis? :))

danica , 3/1/13 3:46 PM


It was a bad call to make as he was just going to serve.On the other hand DelPotro overreacted as it was only a warning and he was doddling.The ATP should allow 5 more seconds and then strictly enforce that.You don't want to have players taking 45 seconds between points.Djokovic,of all people,has adapted very well to the rule.

stratocast51 , 3/1/13 4:11 PM


STUPID rule.

When this 25 seconds originally came out, they were still playing in sweaters, pants and full length dresses so that there was no ankle showing.

No common sense.

Should be 30 seconds at least with provision for 40 seconds if rally exceeds a certain length (e.g. 25 shots).

#FeddysRules

Conspirator , 3/1/13 4:20 PM


Yep a bit unfair to Delpo but the end result would still be the same IMO. Nole was simply the better player despite some hiccups. I sometimes wonder what's Delpo doing, for playing consecutively for three weeks. It's not like he's one with unbelievable stamina. At times during the match, he looked sluggish, no wonder he took a bit more time between points and ended up getting a warning.

Isn't Dubai a fast court, how come there're so many long rallies in this match? The court looked slow to me.

luckystar , 3/1/13 4:23 PM


It seems to me Berdych is playing better than Delpo here at this tournament. At least Berdych is stepping inside the court as much as possible to hit his shots, unlike Delpo who preferred to stand further away from the baseline and ended up doing all the running.

luckystar , 3/1/13 4:50 PM


When this 25 seconds originally came out, they were still playing in sweaters, pants and full length dresses so that there was no ankle showing.
Conspirator , 3/1/13 4:20 PM

When it first came in it was 30 secs but they changed it because players like Lendl made sure he used all of his 30 secs each time so they changed it to 25 secs by throwing the cat in the air and multiplied it by the dog's age.


nadline , 3/1/13 5:05 PM


30 s sounds about right but I think the returner should always play to the server's pace, and if he doesn't the umpire should tell him to get a move on.

samprallica , 3/1/13 7:01 PM


Some players have been very vocal about their disdain for the new rule, which was an old one anyway, but they were allowed to do whatever they wanted, so it seems to them like it's a new rule.

Since so many of them have complained that they were not notified of the change, I think ATP should again notify the players both by email and posting it on the ATP website. This way, none of the players can plead ignorance of the rule and will have to abide by it. For those who don't like it, they should express their concerns and/or sentiments in writing to the ATP Board and the players' council. After that's done, they should accept the decision and move on, instead of behaving like a bunch of grumpy kids. Their anger is only hurting them, not ATP nor the player's council.

scoretracker , 3/2/13 4:38 AM


Mr Fed 'I'm so perfect, I don't sweat' sneaked it in with his friends when no one was looking, especially his tormentor who was sidelined due to injury. Even Rafa had to be told by a journalist. What kind of 'professional' body is it which doesn't represent the best interests of it's members, bar one?

nadline , 3/2/13 5:18 AM



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