Roger Federer: 'Defeat is unfortunate'

Federer: 'Defeat is unfortunate'
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Roger Federer describes his three-set defeat to Tomas Berdych in the Dubai Championships semi-finals as "unfortunate".

Roger Federer has described his defeat to Tomas Berdych in the Dubai Championships semi-finals as "unfortunate".

The Swiss world number two squandered three match points before he was beaten by third seed Berdych 3-6 7-6(8) 6-4 on Friday.

"It's obviously unfortunate," said Federer. "It was a pity to lose that one, but Tomas did well to hang in there."

Berdych will now meet Novak Djokovic in Saturday's final following the world number one's straight-sets victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

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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