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Fed shocker!

Defending champion Roger Federer squandered three match points as he slumped to a 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 defeat to Tomas Berdych in their Dubai Open semi-final yesterday.

Roger Federer
Swiss Roger Federer reacts after his defeat to Tomas Berdych in the Dubai Open semis yesterday

Berdych, who knocked Federer out of the US Open in the quarter-finals last year, will tackle World No 1 Novak Djokovic in today’s final.

Top seed Djokovic reached the final with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) success over Juan Martin del Potro. The Serbian was again in remarkably fine fettle for a man who has not played a tournament since making a successful defence of the Australian title nearly five weeks ago and. This will be his 55th final.

Tomas Berdych
Czech Tomas Berdych is ecstatic after beating Swiss Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the Dubai Open semis yesterday

“I am proud of that record and of what I have done in my career,” he said. “It’s been more than successful and I am trying to cherish every moment I spend on a tennis court.

“Juan Martin was very powerful, and when I was behind I needed to hang in there. I knew it was only one break and that I could pull it back,” he added.

Novak Djokovic
Great run: Novak Djokovic returns to Juan Martin del Potro during their Dubai Open semi-final yesterday. Pic/AFP

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