23
Feb
11

Federer and Djokovic stay on track to meet in the Dubai final.

Roger Federer coasted into the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships with a 6-3 6-4 victory against Marcel Granollers of Spain. The 29-year-old won in 70 minutes and now faces Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.

Earlier Novak Djokovic took his winning streak in the tournament to 11 matches with a determined 6-3 2-6 6-4 win over Feliciano Lopez in one hour 48 minutes. The Australian Open champion, seeking a third successive Dubai title, will now play Florian Meyer in the last eight. Djokovic dominated the opening set but lost his serve early in the second as left-hander Lopez, who has lost all three of the meetings between the pair, found his range with his impressive forehand. Second seed Djokovic also made a total of 18 unforced errors and after a routine smash went into the net to give him set point, Lopez duly took the contest to a deciding set. Djokovic broke in the first game of that final set and though his opponent broke back, the Serbian secured another break of serve before moving 5-3 ahead courtesy of an ace and quickly closed out proceedings.

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