ATP Dubai Tennis Championships: Novak Djokovic enjoys walkover into semi-final against Roger Federer
Last Updated: 27/02/14 6:35pm
Novak Djokovic didn't even hit a ball in Dubai
World No 1 Novak Djokovic advanced to the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships without hitting a ball on Thursday.
Djokovic was due to face Mikhail Youzhny in the quarter-finals, only for the Russian sixth seed to be forced to pull out of the contest due to illness.
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The Serb will face fourth seed Roger Federer in the last four.
Federer recovered from an early deficit to thrash Lukas Rosol 6-2 6-2 in their quarter-final, winning 12 of the last 14 games to complete victory in just 58 minutes.
For the fourth set in a row Federer lost his opening service game to fall 2-0 behind, but he promptly broke back to love and won six games in a row to take the set.
The Swiss veteran had to save a break point to avoid losing his first service game in the second set, but then broke Rosol twice more to complete a routine success.
The other semi-final will see Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber take on second seed Tomas Berdych after Kohlschreiber recorded the 300th match win of his career by beating wildcard Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-2 6-3.
"It's always great to win many matches on the tour, especially a few rounds in a row," Kohlschreiber said. "I think I produced a very solid and good performance today. It's great that I have 300 victories under my belt."
One break of serve in each set was enough for second seed Berdych to beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3.