Czech Berdych through to second successive Dubai final

DUBAI Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:57pm IST

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in their men's singles semi-final match at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in their men's singles semi-final match at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, February 28, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

DUBAI (Reuters) - Tomas Berdych subdued Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5 7-5 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Friday and will now face Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer in Saturday's final.

"I'm really pleased with the way I handled today because it was tough," Berdych said in a courtside interview.

"I just need to focus on myself, because I need to bring my best tennis tomorrow," added the world number six after reaching a second successive Dubai final.

Kohlschreiber served for the first set at 5-4 but Berdych then upped his game. Federer meets Djokovic later on Friday.

(Reporting by Matt Smith; editing by Justin Palmer)

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