After winning the Australian Open for a second time, Novak Djokovic said he had the confidence to win any other tournament. He sure demonstrated that at the Dubai Championships.
The No. 3-ranked Djokovic overwhelmed Roger Federer in just over an hour Saturday to win his third Dubai title and 20th overall, thrashing the 16-time Grand Slam winner 6-3, 6-3. The humbling defeat comes just weeks after Djokovic beat the Swiss star in the Australian Open semifinals and runs the Serb's unbeaten record in 2011 to 12 matches.
"I was aware of the challenge that is expected of 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," said Djokovic, who was taken to three sets earlier in the tournament by Tomas Berdych and Feliciano Lopez. "So the focus was there. I was serving really well, especially the first set. Just the perfect performance overall." Despite the defeat, Federer will keep his No. 2 ranking ahead of Djokovic.
The 29-year-old Federer wasn't about to dwell on the loss, reminding reporters that he had won several other finals in London, Basel and Doha the past several months so "I guess I had to mess one up." He sidestepped a question about areas of his game that need work, saying only that he has to spend more time on court.
"I feel like I need more practice, just a little bit here and there," he said. "Just a lot of hitting, exercises, then maybe also some more points."tice, just a little bit here and there," he said.