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Defending champion Federer beats Djokovic to win seventh Dubai Championships title

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year defeating No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.

Federer came into the match needing five more aces to become just the fourth player in history to serve 9000 career aces. He served 12 in the match.

Federer saved all seven break points he faced in the match, while Djokovic lost both break points he faced.

Djokovic sailed a backhand long on break point in the eighth game of the first set.

In the second set, Djokovic had a 40-0 lead in the 11th game, but watched Federer rebound to break his serve with an inside out forehand crosscourt winner.