Roger Federer: 'Tomas Berdych has a big game'

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his fourth round victory over Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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Roger Federer says that Tomas Berdych is capable of beating him in their Dubai Tennis Championship semi-final later today.

World number two Roger Federer has said that he must focus on his own game in order to defeat Tomas Berdych and reach the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The Swiss maestro defeated Nikolay Davydenko to set up a clash with the Czech number one later today.

He holds a winning 11-4 record over the 27-year-old, with his most recent victory coming at the Australian Open.

Federer, 31, admitted that he has yet to see Berdych play in the United Arab Emirates, but believes that he just needs to concentrate on performing at his best.

"I've struggled somewhat against [Berdych], but very often it's because his game is so big that he has a big say in the outcome of the match," Federer told reporters.

"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."

The other semi-final sees Novak Djokovic take on Juan Martin del Potro.

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ATP RankingsPoints
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