Friday, March 2, 2012

Federer reaches Dubai final by beating Del Potro

Federer reaches Dubai final by beating Del Potro

Roger Federer reached the final in Dubai after a 76 76 win over Juan Martin Del Potro.

The Swiss clinched the first tiebreak 7-5 and then saved four set points in the second set tiebreak. He stormed back from 6-2 behind to win it 8-6 after the towering Argentine clubbed a forehand long.

For the title, the former world number 1 will face Andy Murray.

Roger said he was looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Murray.

“Last year was sort of hard to find each other with Novak sort of never losing - he was either cutting my way off or his way,” Federer told reporters.

“So it’s nice he (Murray) had a breakthrough win tonight. He played great and I expect a really difficult match in the final.

“He has a winning record against me, but we’ve played each other so many times we know each other’s games well.

“I’m just excited playing against him again after such a long time. Andy is an amazing player, and so far he’s proved that this year.”