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.
Venus Williams has won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship defeating Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-0. It’s the first success for the older of Williams sister since the triumph in Luxemburg in October 2012. Venus started this tournament as n.44 in WTA ranking, and thanks to this title she will climb the ranking until n.29, returning in the top 30 for the first time since May 19th 2013. It’s the third crown for Venus in Dubai, she won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2014. She’s now one win behind to Justine Henin who has won four times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
Venus is out from the top 20 since March 31st 2013, and in the last two seasons her best result in a Grand Slam tournament is the third round, reached in Australia in the 2013. But if you’re Venus Williams one tournament crown is enough to get asked about the chance to win a Grand Slam again:
“Winning all those Grand Slam titles, playing deep and getting to the final so many times, those are amazing accomplishments. It takes a lot of nerve and mental prowess. I’d like to think I’m on that path. But I’m not looking to do anything I did in the past, because I already did that. I’m looking to improve and be a better, smarter Venus. This week is obviously a step – every week for me is a step.” Williams said.
Alize Cornet lost her 4th straight match against the former n.1 Venus Williams, she lost in the first round of Roland Garros in 2007, in the third round in Dubai 2009, and in the second round of the Australian Open last year. Cornet will gain three position in the ranking, and the next week she will be n.23, which is her best result since June 9th 2013.