Federer beats Lopez to reach Dubai quarterfinals

MICHAEL CASEY AP Sports Writer Published:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Roger Federer defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships.

Federer broke the 15th-ranked Lopez in the final game to end a tight opening set. The second set was more routine, breaking the Spaniard to lead 5-3 and closing out the match with a volley winner from the net.

Federer will face Mikhail Youzhny, who defeated Mardy Fish of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (0).

The third-ranked Swiss player is aiming for his fifth title in Dubai. Federer lost in the final last year to Novak Djokovic.