Andy Murray bids to claim his first Dubai Tennis Championships title when he takes on four time champion Roger Federer on Saturday.
Murray stunned the tennis world and Novak Djokovic on Friday, sending the top seed packing 6-2, 7-5. It's the first time he's beaten a fully fit Djokovic since 2009 and after the Serb's run of three straight Dubai titles, it has to rank as one of the finest performances of Murray's career.
I've had a lot of tough losses in my career," Murray said afterwards. "To come back from them hasn't always been that easy. I think it's big for me that after Australia this year I've come back and had a win like tonight."
"Hopefully that will set me up well for the year. Confidence in tennis and almost any individual sport is so important. A win like tonight will do that no harm; therefore, mentally I'm sure I'll be stronger."
He'll be looking for another psychological boost as he tries to overcome Federer, the man who's proved his nemesis in Grand Slam finals. The Swiss won Rotterdam a fortnight ago and has looked in sublime form all week, beating Juan Martin Del Potro in a couple of tiebreaks on Friday.
However Murray has often enjoyed the edge in these kind of events and indeed he won 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships back in 2008.
Prediction: Federer to make a bright start but Murray to hit back and win in three sets.