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Big guns move through in Dubai

27 February 2013 19:43

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer posted straight-sets victories at the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

After breezing through the first set of his second-round encounter in the United Arab Emirates, top seed Djokovic was forced to work hard for a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

The Serbian world number one hit six aces and won 76 percent of points on his first serve, while he also made four breaks.

But Bautista Agut fought back in the second set, claiming a break and improving his performance to force a tie-breaker.

Djokovic was too good in the end but world number 55 Bautista Agut can take solace from a dogged display.

Second seed Federer shrugged off the challenge of Spaniard Marcel Granollers with a 6-3 6-4 win.

The Swiss maestro was on court for 71 minutes and won 84 percent of points on his first serve.

Federer, who needed three sets to see off Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the first round, was not at his best but still claimed two breaks en route to victory.

The big names continued to win as Czech Tomas Berdych and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro – seeded third and fourth respectively – both notched straight sets triumphs.

Berdych claimed five breaks in a 7-5 6-1 win against German Tobias Kamke while Del Potro accounted for Indian Somdev Devvarman 6-4 6-4.

Del Potro was pleased with his improved form heading into the next round.

"I think I played better than yesterday," the 2009 US Open winner said. "I was solid with my serve and I didn't make as many mistakes with my backhand."

Berdych, meanwhile, was pleased to progress without dropping a set.

"It was quite tough for me but I was able to manage it in two sets which was good," he said. "I have got another day behind me and I am looking forward to the next one."

Italian Andreas Seppi beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-4 7-6 (7-4) while, in the only match of the day to go three sets, Russian wildcard Dmitry Tursunov toppled Frenchman Michael Llodra 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 6-3.

German qualifier Daniel Brands pulled off the upset of the day when he defeated eighth seed Mikhail Youzhny.

Brands hit 13 aces as he toppled the Russian 6-4 6-4 in just over an hour.

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