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Djokovic claims his first title of 2009

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  • Novak Djokovic wins Dubai Open title with straight sets win over David Ferrer
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(CNN) -- World number three Novak Djokovic claimed his first title of 2009 with a straight sets 7-5 6-3 victory over Spain's David Ferrer in Dubai on Saturday.

Djokovic was delighted to wrap up his first ATP title of 2009.

Djokovic was delighted to wrap up his first ATP title of 2009.

It was the 12th title of the Serbian's career and first since winning the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai last year.

Djokovic, who was forced to pull out of his quarterfinal against Andy Roddick as he defended his Australian Open crown, had been struggling with his form coming into the tournament.

Djokovic's passage to the title was eased by the earlier withdrawal of second seed Andy Murray through a virus, but the ever-willing Ferrer was expected to test him to the limit.

The top seed had also survived a marathon semifinal against Gilles Simon the day before, but started brightly to lead 4-2 and 5-3.

Ferrer broke back and looked set to take it to a tiebreaker until Djokovic broke again to take the opener in 50 minutes.

A further break at the start of the second set put him ahead immediately and he broke through again to lead 3-0.

Ferrer broke back again in the seventh game but the end was not long delayed and Djokovic closed the match out with an ace.

The two men are set to meet again in the Davis Cup World Group first round match in Benidorm next week as Spain begin their defense of the title against Serbia.

In WTA Tour action, top-seed Venus Williams beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-0 6-3 to reach the final of the Mexican Open in Acapulco.

Williams, who won the previous week's tournament in Dubai, will face defending champion Flavia Pennetta of Italy for the title.

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