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Djokovic, Federer close in on Dubai showdown

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Novak Djokovic, the world number one, and Roger Federer, the defending champion, moved nearer to a showdown in Saturday's final when both raced into the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open. 

World number one Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut during their ATP Dubai Open tennis match in the Gulf emirate on February 27, 2013. Djokovic, the world number one, and Roger Federer, the defending champion, moved nearer to a showdown in Saturday's final when both raced into the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open.

Federer set the pace by getting there in only 71 minutes against Marcel Granollers, the world number 34 from Spain, with Djokovic taking just 90 minutes to get past another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut, the world number 55.

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