Djokovic battles past Berdych to claim 4th Dubai crown
March 2, 2013 -- Updated 2006 GMT (0406 HKT)
World No.1 Novak Djokovic powered his way to another ATP title against Tomas Berdych in Dubai on Saturday.
- Novak Djokovic beats Tomas Berdych in the final of Dubai Open 7-5 6-3
- Serb, who won a fourth Australian Open title in January, now unbeaten in 18 matches
- Venus Williams loses in semifinal of Brazil Tennis Cup to Russian ranked 109 in the world
(CNN) -- Novak Djokovic cruised to a fourth Dubai Open title with a straight sets 7-5 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on Saturday.
The world No.1 came back from a break down in the first set against the imposing Czech -- who beat Roger Federer in the semifinals on Friday -- to eventually prevail in just over 90 minutes and extend his unbeaten run to 18 matches.
Read: Federer: 'Naive to think tennis is clean'
Djokovic, who won a fourth Australian Open title in January, was last defeated by Sam Querrey at the BNP Paribas Masters on October 31st.
How Novak Djokovic stays on top
"I felt when I came from break down that I started believing in myself a little bit more. I hung in there and stayed tough. This is the important thing," Djokovic said, ATPWorldTour.com reported.
Read: Grand slam diet: How to supercharge your body
"I have been enjoying my time, always coming here with a big team, with family, friends," he added.
"Everybody has been welcomed. This generosity of the people and from the organisation is always remembered. So this is definitely one of my favourite tournaments throughout the year. Winning it four times now is something that I definitely enjoy."
Read: Visualizing greatness: How Novak Djokovic rose to the top
Meanwhile in the Brazil Tennis Cup, top seed Venus Williams was beaten by world 109 Olga Puchkova in the semifinals.
The Russian came from a set down to eventually beat the 32-year-old 4-6 6-4 7-5 to book her place in the final against Romania's Monica Niculescu.
Part of complete coverage on
March 5, 2014 -- Updated 1014 GMT (1814 HKT)
After two decades dedicated to the game, Amelie Mauresmo wants a second life -- one away from tennis.
Almost five years to the day after reducing Roger Federer to tears at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal shed a few in his own loser's speech.
February 2, 2014 -- Updated 0248 GMT (1048 HKT)
Li Na outperformed Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open, but can she now surpass the Russian as the world's richest female athlete?
Roger Federer may have lost again to Rafael Nadal in the business end of a grand slam, but he can take some heart from yet another record says CNN's Will Edmonds.
January 21, 2014 -- Updated 1358 GMT (2158 HKT)
Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg, Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker -- today's tennis stars are teaming up with past legends of the game.
January 15, 2014 -- Updated 1859 GMT (0259 HKT)
Can't stand the heat of the first tennis grand slam of 2014? Then you clearly haven't been doing enough Bikram yoga.
After nearly a decade without any real change at the top of men's tennis, CNN's Will Edmonds looks at next generation of future stars.
January 9, 2014 -- Updated 1314 GMT (2114 HKT)
Ana Ivanovic is still seeking to rediscover the form that took her to the top of the rankings -- but she has found a new lease of life.
January 6, 2014 -- Updated 1142 GMT (1942 HKT)
As a teen sensation, Bernard Tomic had the tennis world at his feet -- but he's in danger of blowing it, says Australian great Pat Rafter.
December 31, 2013 -- Updated 1532 GMT (2332 HKT)
Roger Federer becomes the latest tennis star to turn to a former legend for help, adding his "childhood hero" Stefan Edberg to his coaching team.
December 20, 2013 -- Updated 1750 GMT (0150 HKT)
CNN's Open Court meets the three grand slam winners of 2013 and asks who will rule next year?
December 5, 2013 -- Updated 1517 GMT (2317 HKT)
South Africa may just have found another Paralympian to inspire a nation -- and perhaps the world.
Today's five most popular stories