Federer Collects 5th Dubai Title

March 3, 2012

ATP Tennis News

Photo courtesy of the BBC.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: It was the final that many were hoping for: Roger Federer locking horns with Andy Murray and lock horns they did – sort of. Andy Murray was the first Brit to reach the final in Dubai, but just fell short of lifting the trophy after Federer proved victorious with a 7-5, 6-4 win in one hour and 30 minutes.

The resumption of one of the most fiercest and fascinating tennis rivals in recent years continued today as world No.4 Andy Murray squared up to 16-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer in their fifteenth standoff.  They hadn’t faced each other in over a year and it was due to be a mouth-watering prospect as Murray led the head-to head 8-6, but Federer had won four of their last six meetings.

Murray is a fighter who pulled off a superhuman effort to dispatch of player of the moment and world No.1 Novak Djokovic and knocked out the defending champion in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.  Meanwhile, Federer beat in-form, resurgent Argentine, Juan Martín Del Potro in the semifinals in two fantastic tiebreaks, where he came from 0-5 down in the second tiebreak to win the match 7-6, 7-6.

In the final today, Murray hoped to win the tournament for the first time by knocking out Djokovic and Federer back to back and it was he who had the first opportunity as the Brit faced two break point opportunities in the sixth game, which he failed to convert after netting a forehand and backhand during short rallies.

In the eleventh game, it was Federer who had five break point opportunities, continuing to bludgeon shots at the Scot and refusing to fade away.  The Swiss maestro wrapped up the first set after 51 minutes as a backhand down the line sailed wide from Murray.

The second set appeared as though Murray had lost his spark temporarily after being broken in the third game of the set.  He had a big mountain to climb if he was going to come back from a set and break deficit against the Fed and break back he did – temporarily. His hopes were once again alive as service games resumed on a level pegging until the ninth game. Murray stared down the barrel of three break points and with another backhand error down the line netted, Federer was about to serve for the championship.

With a stunning forehand cross-court, Federer was victorious with a 7-5, 6-4 win to collect his 2nd title of the year and his 5th in Dubai.  In total the Swiss legend has racked up his 72nd title out of 102 finals and his 2012 season has only just begun.

During the trophy presentation, Federer was visibly pleased with the outcome:

“Winning is the best, it solves everything. I’m really happy it went so well. It’s nice winning somewhere where I spend a lot of my free time.”

Next up for Roger Federer and Andy Murray, tennis will move up another gear from a 500 Tournament to the first Masters 1000 of the year in Indian Wells as both players will fight once more for their place in the final.

Lisa-Marie Burrows

Twitter: @TennisNewsViews

About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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