Djokovic, Mur­ray, Fed­erer reach semi­fi­nals in Dubai

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMI­RATES | No­vak Djokovic de­feated fel­low Serb Janko Tip­sare­vic 6-1, 7-6 (6) Thurs­day to set up a Dubai Cham­pi­onships semi­fi­nal with Andy Mur­ray, who he beat in a marathon five-set­ter at the Aus­tralian Open last month.

Roger Fed­erer will face Juan Martin del Potro in the other semi­fi­nal at Avi­a­tion Club. Del Potro beat Jo-wil­fried Tsonga 7-6 (1), 6-2 for the sec­ond time in two weeks. Mur­ray ad­vanced by de­feat­ing fifth-seeded To­mas Berdych 6-3, 7-5. Roger Fed­erer had an­other rou­tine en­counter, stop­ping Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4.

Af­ter a cou­ple of days off, the Caps con­tinue their des­per­ate play­off push as New Jer­sey vis­its Ver­i­zon Cen­ter (7 p.m., CSN), but you can start your sports viewing a bit ear­lier with the sec­ond round of the PGA’S Honda Clas­sic (3 p.m., Golf Chan­nel). Or just go all day with the ACC women’s bas­ket­ball tourney start­ing at 11 a.m. on CSN and CSN+.

With the Big East tour­na­ment loom­ing, Ge­orge­town trav­els to Mar­quette for its final reg­u­lar-sea­son game (2 p.m., MASN). In Rich­mond, the CAA tour­na­ment heats up as VCU has its opener (6 p.m., CSN+), fol­lowed by Ge­orge Ma­son (8:30 p.m., CSN+). And a bid will be handed to the At­lantic Sun champ (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Spring is in the air, and that means base­ball’s back. Catch the Nats on TV for the first time this sea­son in a Grape­fruit League game against the Astros (1 p.m., MASN). Fol­low that with NAS­CAR, which shouldn’t have to worry about the rain in Ari­zona (2:30 p.m., Fox), or Virginia-mary­land men’s hoops (2 p.m., Ch. 20).

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