Saturday, March 3, 2012

Roger Federer wins Dubai Championships title

Roger Federer wins Dubai Championships title

Roger Federer edged Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 to win the 2012 Dubai Championships title.

Federer broke Murray to go up 6-5 and clinched the first set when the Briton hit a forehand wide.

The two players traded breaks early in the second set before Federer broke decisively to make it 5-4. Murray saved one match point before the Swiss star hit a forehand winner into the corner for the win.

Federer won his 72nd career title and second this year. He won last month in Rotterdam.

"It's great. There is no substitute to confidence," declared Federer. "I've played great. It's not just that I've taken my chances. I really thought I played a good tournament here. I played a great tournament in Rotterdam. The end of last year was exceptional, so it's nice to also win a tournament outdoors now. That gives me hope that I can carry it over to Indian Wells and Miami."

"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 final I couldn't or didn't. I think that was a big thing tonight as well."

Murray was bidding for his second ATP World Tour title of the season, having won his 22nd career trophy at the Brisbane International in January.

"I think 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. But overall it was a good week. It was perfect preparation for the stretch over in America. Got through very tough matches against top, top players, so it was good."