DUBAI — Roger Federer set up a mouth-watering semifinal with Novak Djokovic at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championship after running over Lukas Rosol here Thursday.
The Swiss master, who took time to settle down, stamped his class in a 6-2, 6-2 win over the Czech.
Earlier, Thomas Berdych of Czech Republic continued his mastery over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3 to meet Philip Kohlschrieber of Germany.
Kohlschreiber beat Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in straight sets. The No. 7 seed eased through the first set, and despite the Tunisian providing tougher resistance in the second, the German comfortably wrapped up a 6-2, 6-3 win.
Kohlschreiber dropped just one point on his first serve during the opening set as the world No. 137 struggled to continue what had been an impressive run in the tournament.
The second set saw Kohlschreiber fail to take advantage of his opponent’s second serve, but after Jaziri received treatment from the trainer at 4-3 down, the German quickly broke serve and sealed victory in 72 minutes.
Djokovic also moved on into the semifinals when his quarterfinal opponent Mikhail Youzhny of Russia withdrew because of illness. On Wednesday, defending champion Novak Djokovic needed less than an hour to advance.
Top-seeded Djokovic swept to a 6-1, 6-3 win over 51st-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in just 57 minutes.
Ferrer, Murray in quarters
Other than Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer has not lost to a fellow Spaniard since falling to Fernando Verdasco in a fifth-set tie-break at the 2010 US Open.
On Wednesday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, he extended that impressive winning streak to 40 matches with a 7-6(1), 6-2 victory over Feliciano Lopez in the second round.
The top-seeded Ferrer defeated Lopez for a fifth straight time in 14 meetings, improving to an 8-6 mark in their FedEx ATP Head2Head. Ferrer, who recorded his 250th win on hard courts Tuesday, capitalized on his two break point chances against his countryman.
The three-time Acapulco champion will go for his 25th match win at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament when he next meets Kevin Anderson. The fifth-seeded Anderson, a finalist last week in Delray Beach (l. to Cilic), defeated American Sam Querrey 7-6(2), 6-4.
Alexandr Dolgopolov also kept up his recent run of form. The Rio de Janeiro runner-up (to Nadal) advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, setting up a quarterfinal meeting with Ivo Karlovic. The 6’11” Croat struck 16 aces to beat Israeli Dudi Sela 7-6(4), 6-2.
After battling past Pablo Andujar Tuesday night, second seed Andy Murray moved through to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
Murray dropped his opening service game, but unlike the previous evening when he fell behind 0-5 to start the match, he recovered the break three games later. He broke Sousa two more times to complete the victory in one hour and 40 minutes.
Murray will look to reach his first semi-final of the season when he next faces Frenchman Gilles Simon.
The sixth-seeded Simon defeated American lucky loser Donald Young 6-4, 6-3 to advance to his first quarterfinal since last September in Bangkok.
Last week’s Marseille champion, Ernests Gulbis, fought for a second-round win over Belgian qualifier David Goffin. The seventh-seeded Latvian prevailed 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5), firing 22 aces during the two hour, 20-minute meeting.
Gulbis next plays fourth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, whom he defeated earlier this month in Rotterdam.
The 22-year-old Dimitrov eased past Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-4 in one hour. — Agencies