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Djokovic denies Ferrer to win Dubai title

Djokovic denies Ferrer to win Dubai titleDubai, UAE  - Novak Djokovic overcame a patchy effort littered with breaks of serve before lifting his first title of 2009 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over David Ferrer at the Barclays Championships on Saturday.

The Serb world number 3 improved to 4-3 against Spain's scampering Ferrer, the second finalist from his nation in as many years at the Aviation club after Feliciano Lopez lost in 2008 to Andy Roddick.

The match was a preview of next weekend's Davis Cup World Group tie in Spain.

ROUNDUP: Ferrer places second straight Spaniard into Dubai final

Ferrer places second straight Spaniard into Dubai finalDubai  - Top seed Novak Djokovic will struggle for supremacy as he takes a 3-3 record into his Saturday Barclays Championships final against on-fire Spaniard David Ferrer.

Djokovic rallied in the third set to storm to his first final of the season 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 over Gilles Simon.

Ferrer crushed another Frenchman on the day, hammering Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2 and finally moving into a tittle match after already coming up short twice this season in Adelaide and Johannesburg.

Djokovic downs Simon to reach Dubai final

Novak DjokovicDubai, UAE - Novak Djokovic moved to within a match of his first season title as the Serb stormed into a third final of the season 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 over Gilles Simon at the Barclays Championships on Friday.

The top seed will face off against the winner from unseeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Spaniard David Ferrer, the fourth seed who has struck a seam of form this week in the desert.

Djokovic, the 2008 Australian Open champion, has improved his career showing at Dubai by one round in each of his three appearances, staring with a 2007 quarter-final and a semi-final defeat last year against Roger Federer.

1ST LEAD: Murray mowed down by virus, quits before Dubai match

1ST LEAD: Murray mowed down by virus, quits before Dubai matchDubai, UAE - Andy Murray was heading home to London on Friday for urgent rest and recuperation after pulling out before his Barclays Championships quarter-final on Thursday with a virus that he's carried for a month or more.

The Scottish second seed said that he has felt poorly since playing in January's Australian Open, with a brief respite a fortnight ago when he won the Rotterdam title over Rafael Nadal.

Simon spells the end of the Santoro era in Dubai

Asian ace plays through pain and into Indy quartersDubai, UAE - Gilles Simon ushered Fabrice Santoro out of the Barclays Championships for the final time on Thursday with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 quarter-final victory.

The popular Santoro, 36, is hanging up his racket next November at Paris Bercy, and has played his concluding match in the emirate where he began with the event 17 years ago as a runner-up.

Younus Khan becomes No.1 Test batsman after scoring triple century

Younus Khan becomes No.1 Test batsman after scoring triple century Dubai, Feb 26 : Pakistan skipper Younus Khan has jumped six places to overtake S. Chanderpaul at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings.

A triple-century from Pakistan's new captain Younus Khan has earned him six places and put him on top of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career.

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