Djokovic breezes into Dubai quarterfinals

DUBAI - Serbia's best tennis player Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in Dubai late on Wednesday.

Djokovic notched up an easy 6-1, 6-3 win against world no. 51 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Next up for Djokovic is a match against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, who defeated British number three James Ward earlier today by 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).

EU Empty Properties Exceed 11M

Some 11 million homes lie empty across Europe, according to figures collated by the Guardian from across the EU.

In Spain more than 3.4 million homes are vacant, the numbers are 2 million for both France and Italy, 1.8 million in Germany and more than 700,000 in the UK.

EU extends protection of Greek, Spanish battery producers

The European Union renewed for another five years a tariff against South Africa on a material for consumer batteries, saying Greek producer Tosoh Hellas AIC and Spain’s Cegasa Internacional SA need longer protection.

The EU reimposed the 17.1 percent duty on imports of electrolytic manganese dioxide from South Africa.

Djokovic ousted from doubles

DUBAI - Serbia's best-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic and Spain's Carlos Gomez-Herrera lost their first round match in the doubles competition of the ATP tournament in Dubai on Monday to the Polish-Czech pairing of Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Dlouhi by 7-5, 1-6, 10-5.

Bednarek and Dlouhi will next face the winners of Lukas Rosol/Andreas Seppi - Mariusz FyrstenbergMarcin Matkowski.

Jankovic loses to Williams

DUBAI - Serbia's Jelena Jankovic has failed to reach the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Dubai, since she lost to Serena Williams from the US 6-2 6-2 on Thursday.

This marked Williams' 9th victory in 13 matches against Jankovic.

Williams will next face the winner of the match between France's Alize Cornet and Spain's Carla Suarez Navaro.