Novak Djokovic claimed the 20th ATP title in Dubai 2011 following a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer in an hour and 12 minutes. Novak became the second three-time winner in the desert after Roger and defeated the Swiss for the eighth time in 21 matches.
Djokovic served well and lost only 13 points behind the initial shot. He lost serve once from two chances offered to Federer, who had to repeat those numbers to stay in touch. Instead, the Swiss lost almost half of the points in his games and got broken four times from ten chances given to the Serb.
Novak took advantage of Roger’s nearly 30 unforced errors and created the lead in the shortest and more advanced exchanges to control the pace. Djokovic moved in front in the encounter’s third game after Federer’s weak backhand.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in straight sets in the 2011 Dubai final.
Novak fired a service winner in the next one and wasted break chances in game five that could have sent him 4-1 up. Djokovic served well and pushed strong on the return to grab the second break at 5-3 and wrap up the opener in 34 minutes.
Roger earned his only break at 1-1 in the second set and landed a service winner a few minutes later for a 3-1 lead. In the sixth game, the Swiss played a loose smash to experience a break and bring the rival back to 3-3. A service winner sent the Serb 4-3 in front, and he delivered a crucial return game in the next one.
The defending champion sealed the deal with a hold at 15 in game nine to celebrate the title and remain undefeated in 2011. “I made a bad start, and things could get over in a hurry in the best-of-three encounters. Novak played well, while it was a disappointing end for me.
Still, I guess you can not win every match. My mistakes did not come out of nowhere, as Novak forced them. He made a great start, which carried him through the rest of the clash. It’s a pity I could not push him more in the second set.
I knew it would be tough, with or without getting broken in the opening game. Novak was already playing well at the end of last year, and we had a couple of close ones. This match was one of the rather disappointing ones for me against him.
I can not play great every time. It’s a tough loss, but I’m not disappointed. I tried, but it did not happen for me tonight,” Roger Federer said.