Dudi Sela 390 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Dudi Sela progressed to his first ATP Tour semifinal in more than two years on
Friday, beating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-0 to reach the
last four of the Delray Beach International in Florida.
Israeli, ranked No. 75 in the world, faced Marinko Matosevic (173) in the semis
in a match which ended after press time on Saturday, looking to reach just his
second career ATP Tour final and first since the China Open in September
Elsewhere, Roger Federer swatted aside Andy Murray 7-5 6-4 to win
the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss maestro’s 72nd tour title, as he
abandoned the baseline to dominate from the net.
The 16-times Grand Slam
winner may no longer be favorite for the top prizes but few can match his
longevity or dedication on the grueling men’s tour and the 30-year-old claimed
his fifth Dubai title without dropping a set all week.
Murray, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday, went into Saturday’s
final with an 8-6 winning record against number two seed Federer, although the
Swiss has won both of their Grand Slam encounters.
Murray was strangely
lackluster against Federer and struggled to get his service going with his first
serve percentage dipping from a modest 58 in his opening four service games to a
lamentable 38 over the next five.
On Friday, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich
lost 6-4, 3- 6, 10-4 to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the
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