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  • Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Richard Gasquet on the fourth day of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on February 26, 2015 in Dubai
    Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind AFP - 17 hrs ago

    Roger Federer's bid to extend his record of Dubai Open titles to seven carried him into the semi-finals with record-breaking speed and to a meeting … More »Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind

    Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Richard Gasquet on the fourth day of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on February 26, 2015 in Dubai

    Roger Federer's bid to extend his record of Dubai Open titles to seven carried him into the semi-finals with record-breaking speed and to a meeting with the new wunderkind of tennis. It took only 20 minutes on Thursday for the 17-time Grand Slam champion to win the first set 6-1 against Richard Gasquet, whereupon the Frenchman …

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  • Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind
    Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind

    Roger Federer's bid to extend his record of Dubai Open titles to seven carried him into the semi-finals with record-breaking speed and to a meeting with the new wunderkind of tennis. It took only 20 minutes on Thursday for the 17-time Grand Slam champion to win the first set 6-1 against Richard Gasquet, whereupon the Frenchman shuffled up to the net, offered his hand, and retired, suffering with a bad back. It was disappointingly anti-climactic but it did create the intriguing prospect of Federer facing Borna Coric, the 18-year-old Croatian who only got into the main draw as a lucky loser, but who has now become the youngest semi-finalist in the tournament's 23-year history. Coric, described by world number one Novak Djokovic as "definitely one of the most talented players in the world right now", scored a trampling 6-1, 6-3 success over former Wimbledon and US Open champion Andy Murray.