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Djokovic To Meet Tipsarevic In Dubai QFs; Murray, Berdych On Song

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Murray© Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsAndy Murray improved to a 12-1 match record on the season.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will meet fellow Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday. Tipsarevic beat his friend in the round robin stages of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November 2011.

"[Janko's] very solid from the baseline," said Djokovic. "When he has time and he steps into the court, he's very dangerous. I need to try to be aggressive. I need to try to stay close to the line. That's all. He doesn't have many weaknesses in his game."

Djokovic, the top seed and three-time defending champion, knocked out World No. 74 Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine 7-6(5), 6-3 in 90 minutes on Wednesday to improve to 9-0 on the year. Stakhovsky, who led 3-1 in the second set, drops to 0-14 lifetime against Top 10 players.

"I was expecting a lot serve and volley attacks, especially after first serve," said Djokovic. "He was using it really well, making my return games very difficult. But we both controlled our service games quite well up to maybe the beginning of the second set. I had one bad service game; he had couple. I was fortunate to use the opportunity when it was presented."

The 24-year-old Djokovic has won his past 31 matches against players outside the Top 50 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. His last loss came to No. 74-ranked Xavier Malisse at the AEGON Championships in  June 2010).

Seventh seed Tipsarevic overcame a slow start to defeat Italy's Flavio Cipolla 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-1 in two hours and 15 minutes.

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World No. 4 Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals after beating Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli 6-3, 6-4. The Scot, who had struggled with illness in his first-round win over Michael Berrer Tuesday, broke serve once in each set to claim victory in 82 minutes.

The 24-year-old Murray is through to the quarter-finals of this ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tennis tournament for the third time.

"I definitely played better [than yesterday]," said Murray. [I] still wasn't moving as good as I would have liked, but [I] served well today. 

When asked about his next opponent, Tomas Berdych, Murray said, "I've always enjoyed playing guys that are big hitters. That's his game. I'll have to try and find a way of neutralising that by getting the first hit in the rallies, using a lot variety in my game. He can make mistakes, but you need to force him into doing that. He's not just going to give you that.  If you leave the ball in the middle of the court, he hits the ball very, very well."

Murray improved to a 12-1 match record on the season, having won his 22nd ATP World Tour title at the Brisbane International (d. Dolgopolov) before reaching the Australian Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic).

Fifth-seeded Czech Berdych beat Slovak qualifier Lukas Lacko 6-1, 6-2 in 70 minutes. Berdych saved 11 of the 12 break points he faced.

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