After the big win against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals – the first in the last four matches-, Federer will play against Tomas Berdych in Dubai’s final.
It will be the 18th match between them, Federer lead the series 11-6, but Berdych took the last two winning in the Us Open quarterfinal in 2012 and in Dubai semifinal last year.
They’re both having a good first part of season, Berdych will play his second straight final, after that one week ago triumphed in Rotterdam, and he will try to set his first back to back title since 2004, when he won two Challenger tournaments in consecutive weeks. Winning in Rotterdam last week made him break a 16 months wait since his last title, and now seems that he doesn’t wanna stop.
Federer is still chasing the first crown of the season, he lost in Brisbane final against Lleyton Hewitt and then reached the Australian Open semifinals. In Dubai he will play the second final in three tournaments played so far. But he doesn’t win since the Halle tournament played last year, two weeks before Wimbledon. Way too much time for Mr. Grand Slam.
Tomorrow’s final will give us two players in great shape, who started the season with great motivations, Berdych wants to prove that he can compete at the same level of the best players in the world, and Federer, after the worst year of his career, wants to get back where he belongs.