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Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Roger Federer loses to world No 116 Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai

Roger Federer loses to world No 116 Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai

He saved two set points to win the first-set tie-break, while taking advantage of the only chance he had to break the Djokovic serve in the second set.

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"(I) surprised everyone I think today", the 116th-ranked Donskoy said. "Whoever wins against Roger surprises himself".

It was the first meeting between the pair and 21-year-old Kyrgios, renowned for a volatile temperament that has seen him disciplined by umpires and tournament officials in the past, has now beaten Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer the first time he has faced them.

Federer was leading 5-2 in the second set tie-break against Donskoy who came through the qualifying round in Dubai.

Donskoy's dream of a quarterfinal berth seemed over when he forfeited his serve in the sixth game of the third set.

Federer led 5-1 in the third set tiebreaker, but Donskoy refused to fold.

"It was really tough in the beginning, because it was too much pressure", Donskoy said.

"I should somehow close it out". It's a rough one, for sure.

Federer, who skipped last year's tournament because of arthroscopic knee surgery, was in the hunt for an eighth Dubai title.

Murray, who only dropped one point on serve in the second set, will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals.

Both players then agreed to play on despite the problem and by two games later full lighting was restored.

Seventh seed Lucas Pouille awaits the Russian in the next round, after his 6-1 6-4 win against Marius Copil.

At the Brasil Open in Sao Paolo, top seed Pablo Carreno Busta moved into the quarter-finals after a 6-4 6-2 win over local wildcard Joao Souza.

Federer will take to the court next at the BNP Paribas open in Indian Wells, which starts 9 March.

"When I got the early break, pretty much, it was nearly 30 minutes in and we'd only played four games", Murray said. "So many times I didn't know what his patterns were".

"I played very well".

The American faltered when serving for the match at 5-3 and allowed the Austrian to rally and level the match, but Querrey broke straight back.

In an unbelievable turn of events, the 18-time Grand Slam champion was defeated by his widely unknown second-round opponent 3-6 6-7 6-7.

The Dutch caused a major upset on Wednesday by beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3 3-6 4-6 in his second round match.

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