3/04/2012

Federer wins Dubai Open ATP for the fifth time

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Roger Federer of Switzerland lifts his trophy after winning his men's singles final match against Andy Murray (R) of Britain during the Dubai Tennis Championships March 3, 2012.

DUBAI - Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer won the Dubai Open ATP for the fifth time after defeating Scotsman Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 Saturday.

For 30-year-old Federer, the current number three in the ATP lists, it was the 72nd title in his career. The Swiss dominated in first service points in particular, scoring a success rate of 75 percent against Murray's 66 percent.

Murray, 24, currently ranked number four, improved his game during the second set and led 4-3 against Federer, but the Swiss multi-Grand Slam champion showed nerves and brought the victory home after scoring a second match point after one hour and 36 minutes on the Dubai hard court.

For Federer, Saturday's victory was a healing of his 2011 defeat, when he lost the Dubai final against the current ATP leader Novak Djokovic from Serbia. This year, Djokovic lost the semifinal against finalist Murray.


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Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with his trophy after winning his men's singles final match against Andy Murray of Britain during the Dubai Tennis Championships March 3, 2012.

(Agencies)

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