Novak Djokovic has continued his unbeaten run in 2011 by beating Roger Federer in the finals of Dubai to claim the title for the third consecutive year. After a few bumpy matches Novak stepped up his game to beat the former world number on 6-3, 6-3. Despite the win Novak still trails Roger in the rankings and in their head to head by 8-13.It was a comfortable win for the Serb as Federer was unable to control his errors, frequently shanking backhands. In the second set he reeled off four consecutive games before serving for the match.
Federer for his part felt he never really had much of a chance to get into the match and ‘get going’.
“I have this feeling in my head, and it’s really important to know for me that I can perform this well. This match has probably been one of the best that I played this year. I want to keep it up, definitely. I feel physically well, fit, mentally motivated to do even more coming up to Indian Wells and Miami where I haven’t done well in the last years.
Any time I win against Roger it’s a great success because he’s such a great player. We all know how mentally strong of a player he is. To be able to win against Roger in straight sets as I did tonight is incredible, but I want to keep on going. I know that I have qualities to do even more, and that’s what I want.
I guess I rose to the occasion. I was aware of the challenge that is expecting me on the court, and I was aware of the fact that I need to be on top of my game in order to beat Roger. I was serving really well, especially the first set, holding my serve except that one game when I got broken, confidently through throughout the whole match. Just the perfect performance overall.” – Novak Djokovic
“I think Novak played well. Obviously disappointing end as well to the match. I guess you can’t win them all. I played so well in Doha in the finals, in London in the finals, in Basel in the finals. I guess I had to mess one up. It’s a pity, but, look, Novak played great.
I definitely feel he’s playing well. I thought he was already playing well at the end of last year. We had a couple of real close ones. This one has been one of the rather disappointing matches for me against him. I can’t play great every time either. So it’s been a tough one, but I’m not too disappointed. It’s another final for me. I tried tonight. Just didn’t really happen for me.” – Roger Federer