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Defending champ Federer beats Coric to make Dubai Championships final for 9th time

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Borna Coric of Croatia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Borna Coric of Croatia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Defending champion Roger Federer moved back into the Dubai Championships final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over lucky loser Borna Coric on Friday.

It took the second-seeded Federer 56 minutes to reach his ninth Dubai final. He's won six of them.

Federer offered Coric three break-point opportunities, and had his serve broken once, in the fifth game of the first set.

Federer will play either top-seeded Novak Djokovic or fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych. Berdych has been a finalist here the past two years.