Novak Djokovic pleased with "challenging" win

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the second set of the men's final at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 27, 2013
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Novak Djokovic admits that his semi-final triumph over Juan Martin del Potro at the Dubai Championships was "challenging".

Novak Djokovic has admitted that his semi-final win over Juan Martin del Potro at the Dubai Championships was "challenging".

The world number one took the first set 6-3 against the Argentine before edging through a second-set tie-break 7-4.

"His serve is very powerful," said Djokovic. "His forehand from the back of the court he can do anything with - I needed to stay in it when I was a break down.

"I played a poor game when I needed to close it out but he's a great player, so it was always going to be challenging."

Djokovic will take on third seed Tomas Berdych in Saturday's final following the Czech's surprise victory over Roger Federer.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060
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