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Berdych Races To Dubai Win; Tsonga Next Up

Dubai, U.A.E.

Berdych© AFP/Getty ImagesTomas Berdych will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Dubai semi-finals.

Third seed and last year’s runner-up Tomas Berdych knocked out Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-1 in just 57 minutes on Wednesday for a place in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships quarter-finals. It was his 15th match win of the season, which includes his eighth ATP World Tour title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Cilic).

“It was a solid win,” said Berdych. “Today, I was working a little more on my return stats than on my service stats. Sergiy is a very tough and tricky opponent. Every single point is different, slices, with spin, short balls, deep balls. Really, everything is so varied. It's nothing what I really like. Still, I was able to manage it very well [and] found a good rhythm from the baseline.”

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Berdych will next face fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who advanced without hitting a ball when his opponent, Nikolay Davydenko, withdrew prior to their second round match due to a rib injury.

“Tsonga's a very tough opponent,” said Berdych. “He's a really solid, [an] established player from the Top 10. He really likes these very fast conditions. It's something that really suits his game. All the matches that we have played were very close, always a big battle. I'm really looking forward to that.”

Seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber will play wild card Malek Jaziri in the quarter-finals after he beat Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3. Jaziri was too strong for Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 7-5.

Lukas Rosol hit 14 aces to Dmitry Tursunov’s 11 aces in a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory in 89 minutes. Tursunov had beaten Rosol at the Apia International Sydney in the first week of the 2014 ATP World Tour season.

During Wednesday’s night session, fourth seed and five-time former champion Roger Federer looks to improve on his 12-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Radek Stepanek, while top seed and four-time titlist Novak Djokovic plays Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the last eight.

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