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Federer Wary Of Berdych Dubai Clash

Dubai, UAE

Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer will look to avenge his 2012 US Open loss to Tomas Berdych.

On Thursday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Roger Federer cruised past a player he consistent beats, Nikolay Davydenko. Now in Friday's semi-finals, Federer will face sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych, a player who has won four of their past seven meetings, including two in Grand Slam competition.

Not surprisingly, second-seeded Federer will go into the match-up wary of a potential upset.

“I've struggled somewhat against him, but very often it's because his game is so big that he has a big say in the outcome of the match,” Federer said. “But I have had a couple of other ones where I have been able to come through. So we'll see tomorrow how it goes. I haven't seen him play at all here this tournament. I need to just focus on my game, I guess.”

World No. 2 Federer leads Berdych 11-5 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the Czech won their most recent encounter in the US Open quarter-finals last year.

“He's giving himself more opportunities against the top guys,” said Federer. “And then if he can beat one or two every other time, the next thing you know, he's become really confident. Then this is when he can make his next step.”

Federer was pushed to three sets in his Dubai opener by wild card Malek Jaziri, but has improved with each victory this week. On Thursday, the second seed dropped four games to Nikolay Davydenko, advancing in just 54 minutes to notch his 19th win in 21 meetings with the Russian.

“Maybe it's a good match-up for me,” Federer assessed. “Let's not forget tennis can be a game of match-ups, and you try to be such a good player that you can almost then match up with almost any player.”

Federer’s 19 victories over Davydenko ranks second for his most head-to-head wins.

Player W-L
Andy Roddick 21-3
Nikolay Davydenko 19-2
Lleyton Hewitt 18-8
Robin Soderling 16-1
Novak Djokovic 16-13

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