TENNIS

Dubai Tennis Championships

Roger Federer overcame two rain delays to beat Marton Fucsovics 7-6, 6-4 and reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

After a brief interruption when the players were locked at 5-5 in the opening set, Federer saved two set points in the tiebreak and held firm to gain the upper hand in the contest.

The drizzle returned at 4-4 in the second set but Federer switched gears after the restart, sealing a decisive break to go ahead 5-4 and closed out the match in an hour and 56 minutes.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece came back from a set down to get past polish qualifier Hubert Hurkacz 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals.

The 20-year-old Tsitsipas will next face Gael Monfils of France who rallied past Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis 6-1 6-7, 6-2.