The Final in Dubai on Saturday evening featured two players on a hot streak with Roger Federer facing Andy Murray.
Second seed Federer beat the British player 7-5, 6-4 to win the title for the fifth time in seven finals. He becomes the first player to win five titles in the 20 year history of the event.
Federer started the match looking in ominous touch hitting crisp winners off both flanks and was soon level at 2-2. Murray was the first to earn a breakpoint when he went up 15-40 in the sixth game. However he made simple errors on both opportunities to allow Federer to level at 3-3. At 5-5, Murray then found himself 0-40 but recovered to deuce. Federer clinched the break on his fifth break point and served out the set at 7-5.
Federer went up a break early at 3-1 but Murray stormed back to lead 4-3. Federer broke again at 4-4 and served out the match. Murray’s first serve percentage was below 50% for the match and that was one of the main reasons for his straight set loss.
Federer who won his 72nd career title has now won 33 of his last 35 matches. After winning the title, Federer said that Dubai was a wonderful tournament to play and it was even better to win. “It’s nice to win in a place that I spend so much free time. I’ve played great here and at Rotterdam and I have great confidence going forward to Indian Wells and Miami.”
Murray said that he had a good week with wins over Thomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic. “Today Federer played better than me and deserved to win. I made more errors in the second set as Federer played more aggressive. The crowd atmosphere too was good though most of them were rooting for Federer.”
The doubles title went to Indian Duo Mahesh Bhupati and Rohan Bopanna who beat Third seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 in 69 minutes. The Indian pairing who came together at the start of the year won their first title together.
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