DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost for the first time this season, falling to Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships on Friday.
The surprisingly one-sided victory ended Djokovic’s 10-match winning streak that included the Australian Open title and his bid for a fourth successive Dubai title.
In the final, Murray will meet Roger Federer, who edged Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6). Del Potro missed four set-points in the second-set tiebreaker at 6-2, with Federer winning the last six points.
Federer will aim for his fifth Dubai title but first in five years.
Murray gave himself a much-needed boost of confidence after losing to Djokovic in five-sets in the Australian Open semifinals.
“I think it’s big for me that after Australia this year I’ve come back and had a win like tonight,” Murray said. “Hopefully that will set me up well for the year. Confidence in tennis and almost any individual sport is so important. A win like tonight will do that no harm.”
Coming into the match, Murray had lost seven of the last 11 matches against Djokovic. But the 24-year-old Briton made it look easy at the Aviation Club.
Murray broke the top-ranked Serb to go up 4-2 in the first set and then saved two break points to make it 5-2. His serve was his best weapon, with Murray winning 94 percent of his first service points in the first set and 85 percent overall.
2012-03-03 22:28 编辑：wjy2005tom
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