Fifth Title For Federer

Roger Federer against Andy Murray at the 2008 ...

Roger Federer

Roger Federer won his fifth Dubai Tennis Championship title with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Andy Murray in Saturday’s final.
Five years after his fourth title, Federer confirmed that he is still up there to be reckoned with as he proved too strong for the British number one.
Murray broke Federer once, but was himself broken three times, and two of those came at crucial periods at the end of the first and second set and proved to be the difference.
Murray still owns a winning 8-7 record in head-to-head matches with the former world number one, but Federer has won four of their six meetings in finals and continues to have the edge when it really matters.
Federer has looked back at somewhere near his best of late and again in the final he looked smooth and strong and won almost all of the big points when they were needed.
Both men looked reasonably comfortable on serve for large parts of the first set, with Murray the only one to bring about some break points on the Federer serve.
The Swiss star saved both break points though and it was he who got the biggest chance as he moved to 0-40 on the Murray serve in the 11th game.
Murray saved all three though, and a fourth break point but Federer converted a fifth to lead 6-5, and after such an opportune time to break he followed up by holding easily to claim the first set 7-5.
With Murray still reeling from throwing away the opening set, Federer capitalised by claiming an early break in the third game of the second to go 2-1 ahead, and the writing was on the wall.
However, Murray conjured up some of his shot-making best in the sixth game, and he threw up three superb lobs to first get and then win a break point to level at 3-3.
Federer was still motoring though and again he found just the right push at the right time to break Murray for a third time in the ninth game to go 5-4 ahead and serve for the title.
Murray saved a first match point to forced deuce but it only delayed the inevitable as Federer converted the next one to claim the title in Dubai for a fifth time.



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