Dubai title for Federer, Bopanna-Hesh triumph
Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 to win the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss maestro's 72nd tour title.sports Updated: Mar 04, 2012 00:43 IST
Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 to win the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss maestro's 72nd tour title.
Federer clinched his fifth Dubai crown without dropping a set all week. He broke Murray at 5-5 in the first set as the Briton's serving dipped. He sealed victory with a blistering winner past a subdued Murray.
On Friday, Murray had beaten world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals. It was Djokovic's first loss this season. Federer, in the other semifinals, had defeated Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6).
Djokovic started strongly, holding his opening two service games to love in the duo's first meeting since the Serb triumphed in an epic five-set semi-final at the Australian Open in January.
First title for bhupathi-bopanna
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna won their first title together, beating the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the final of the men's doubles event of the ATP Dubai Open here on Saturday.
The fourth-seeded Indian pair won 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 after staving off a tough challenge from the Polish pair in the final of the $1,700,475 hard court event.
The India duo, with an eye on Olympics, paired up together at the start of the year and had reached the semifinals of two tournaments but finally won their maiden title here.
For Bhupathi, however, it was his fourth title in Dubai. He had won the title here in 1998 with Leander Paes, in 2004 with Fabrice Santoro and in 2008 with Mark Knowles.
The Dubai Open win was also Bopanna's sixth ATP title.