Federer Claims Fifth Dubai Title
by Press Release|
Roger Federer claimed his fifth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title when he defeated Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 in an engrossing finale to two fantastic weeks of top-class tennis.
The final was attended by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Patron of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships; H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Hasher bib Maktoum Al Maktoum, President of Tennis Emirates; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, Chairman of the Asia Tennis Federation, President of Arab and Kuwait Tennis Federation, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman Dubai Duty Free; Salah Tahlak, Tournament Director; George Horan, President Dubai Duty Free; Sinead El Sibai, Vice President Marketing Dubai Duty Free and Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Vice President of Tennis Emirates.
Federer was playing his 102nd career final, and earned his 72nd title. While Murray failed to win the title, it was the first time in four visits that he had advanced beyond the quarter-finals.
Both players produced some sensational tennis that had the packed stadium screaming in delight, and the outcome was in the balance right to the end.
"Yeah, I mean, coming out to the Mexican Wave going on, then chanting when I held for 4-4, with the crowd singing my name," said the 2012 Dubai champion, Federer. "Obviously I'm sure also some were singing Andy's name, but to hear my name resonate throughout the stadium was great."
"I tell you, it gives you goose bumps. It's great motivation to play well. That's why I played so well this week, and particularly in the final. Does give you a lift and that belief to keep going for your shot, and then the risk pays off."
"For me to win the tournament and win so often now is a beautiful thing. It's definitely got a special place in my heart, this tournament here."
Federer faced break points for only the second time this week when Murray led 40-15 on his serve for a 4-2 lead. The number two seed fought off the challenge, but Murray was finally able to make a breakthrough at 5-5 when he forced a backhand error to claim Federer’s serve on his fifth break point of the game.
In the second set it was Federer’s turn to hold the upper hand when he broke to lead 2-1. Murray responded by leveling at 3-3 but he remained under pressure, surviving a break point in the next game but netting a double-handed backhand at 4-4 to leave Federer serving for the match.
"The match was close I think in both sets," said Federer. "I just gave myself more opportunities than Andy did overall. I felt really good out there tonight. I felt calm knowing what I wanted to do. I think the surface, I used it to my advantage, which in the last year's finals I couldn't or didn't. I think that was a big thing tonight as well."
Murray was naturally disappointed at the outcome, but acknowledged that he had enjoyed a great week.
"I think in the second set he played better than me," said Murray. "For sure I made a few too many mistakes in the second, and he was playing a lot more aggressive than in the first set. It was a good win yesterday, good win the day before, tough match today, so I'm happy with the week."
"The atmosphere was fantastic. I think most of the crowd wanted Roger to win but it’s not often you get the chance to play in a packed stadium."
The doubles was won by Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, who defeated Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-4 3-6 10-5.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
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