Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the Final at Dubai

Lauren LynchCorrespondent IIFebruary 25, 2011

Tennis Now/Mark Peterson/Corleve
Tennis Now/Mark Peterson/Corleve

Novak Djokovic can rest easy now that Tomas Berdych has retired from the Tennis-Scores.aspx#inscore_ifheight_xdc_1337">Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, but there was nothing easy about the Serb's win in Friday's semifinals.

Djokovic was leading 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4 when Berdych retired due to injury, but the Czech was giving the No. 3 player in the world all he could handle early on.

Berdych blasted eight aces and hit 21 of 24 first serves for winners in taking the first set, forcing Djokovic to go to a third set for the second straight day as he attempts to four-peat at Dubai.

Djokovic advances to the final, where he'll take on top-seeded Roger Federer

Federer defeated France's Richard Gasquet, 6-2, 7-5, after having his first set of the tournament broken.

Federer has a 13-7 all-time advantage over Djokovic, but Djokovic has won their last two Grand Slam matches—the semifinals of the Australian Open this year and the US Open last fall. With the pressure on for Federer to prove that he still has what it takes to beat the younger generation of tennis stars, the coming match should be an exciting and definitive one.

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