Dubai Duty Free Championships
Federer Beats Berdych in Dubai Final, Wins 78th Career Pro Title
March 1 2014 ITS Staff Dubai, UAE – Roger Federer claimed his sixth Dubai title on Saturday after rallying from a set down to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-4 6-3.
It was the 32-year old Federer’s first tournament victory since Halle, Germany in June 2013, and only his second after winning Wimbledon two years ago.
Federer has beaten four out of 5 players in the top ten since the season began having won against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray, then eventually losing to Rafael Nadal in the semis at the Australian Open. Now with back to back wins over Novak Djokovic and Berdych this week, the 17-time Grand Slam champion appears to be gaining confidence for another run at a major title.
In a post-match interview quoted by ATP World Tour, an elated Federer said, "I was happy I was able to use momentum, win that second set, and then it was a tough opening period in the third, wasting the love-40 game on Tomas's first service game, then saving break points myself.
"Anything could have happened there. Things definitely went my way out here tonight, but I have had a lot tougher matches in the last one and a half years, so this is nice to get a lucky break again."
Federer, who lost to Berdych here in the semi-finals last year, also improved his head-to-head career match to 12-6 against the Czech star. Watch video highlights below.
Federer also registered his 78th career crown putting him third on the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors with 110, Ivan Lendl at 94, and just ahead of John McEnroe 77, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras with 64 titles each. Among active players, Federer leads Rafael Nadal at 62, and Novak Djokovic with 41.
In the men's doubles final, India’s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam Qureshi upset the top-seeded duo of Daniel Nestor of Canada and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic 6-4 6-3 in 68 minutes. Bopanna and Qureshi broke their Canadian-Serbian opponents once in each set to take home their fifth team title.
Bopanna and Qureshi won the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris in 2011. Bopanna has now won 10 titles in 17 finals while Qureshi is 10 of 21.
Dubai Men’s Singles Final Saturday March 1
4-Roger Federer beat 3-Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-4 6-3
Dubai Men’s Doubles Final Saturday March 1
R Bopanna/A Qureshi beat D Nestor/N Zimonjic 6-4 6-3
Singles Final Highlights: Federer vs Berdych
Courtesy of ATP Tour and Tennis World
Federer Stuns Djokovic, Meets Berdych in Dubai Final
February 28 2014 ITS Staff Dubai, UAE – In what could be his best match since winning Wimbledon in 2012, Roger Federer stunned defending champion Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the finals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Friday.
Federer, who is bidding for his fifth Dubai trophy, fell 0-3 in the first set but managed to find his rhythm taking the second set in just 37 minutes. (Watch highlight below)
In the decider, the 17-time Grand Slam stormed to a 4-1 lead breaking the Serb star twice with powerful backhand passing shots to the delight and frenzy of the packed stadium. From then on, Federer held on firmly twice to clinch the match in one hour and 46 minutes.
In a post-match interview, Djokovic lauded Federer for being the better player as the match progressed, “Great to him for coming back in the match. Congratulations. He deserved to win. He played in the second part of the match better and was more aggressive and played all around the court really well.
“You know, I dropped the service game in the third set, opening game, was quite bad service game for me,” Djokovic continued. “I started making unforced errors in second part of second set and wasn't just managing to move as well, and he felt that this is his opportunity, and he used it. You know, that's why he's a big champion.”
Federer started his 2014 season at the Brisbane International where he reached the final losing to Lleyton Hewitt in three sets. The 32-year old former ball-boy of Basel Indoors reached the Australian Open bowing out to Rafael Nadal in straights after a quarter-final win over reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
In an earlier match, No.6 seed Tomas Berdych defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5 7-5 to reach his second straight final in Dubai. Having won his last tournament two weeks ago in Rotterdam, upped his winning streak to eleven matches.
The Czech star, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s finale, also improved his head-to-head career match 8-1 against the German who was serving for the first set at 5-4 but could not close out allowing Berdych to regain control and secure the win in one hour and a half.
Asked about playing Federer in the final, Berdych says, “I like playing with Roger, it’s something special. It’s a celebration of the game.”
In the men’s doubles semi-final, top-seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic edged Daniel Brands and Florian Mayer in two tight sets 7-6 (4) 7-6 (8) to book a final showdown with No.2 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi who crushed Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy 6-2 6-0.
Dubai Men's Singles Semi-finals Friday Feb 28
3-Tomas Berdych beat 7-Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5 7-5
4-Roger Federer beat 1-Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 6-2
Dubai Men’’s Doubles Semi-finals Friday Feb 28
1-Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic beat Daniel Brands/Florian Mayer 7-6(4) 7-6(8)
2-Rohan Bopanna/Aisam Qureshi beat Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Dlouhy 6-2 6-0
As for Federer's reason for his semi-final win? He tweeted, "Super happy for my team FC Basel, this gives me the right motivation for my semi-final match in the morning."
Federer Sets Semis Clash with Djokovic; Berdych Tops Tsonga, Faces Kohlschreiber
February 27 2014 Dubai, UAE - Philip Kohlschreiber ended the run of Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri, winning 6-2 6-3 to earn his 300th ATP World Tour singles victory and move into the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
It is the first time that Kohlschreiber has advanced beyond the second round in his six appearances at the event. The number seven seed looked the stronger player right from the start, breaking his opponent’s serve at love to lead 2-0 before breaking again for the first set. Jaziri held Kohlschreiber at bay in the second set until again conceding his serve to love at 4-3.
Novak Djokovic was denied his 550th ATP World Tour win when two-time Dubai finalist Mikhail Youzhny withdrew with illness, giving the defending champion a walkover into Friday’s semi-finals against five-time champion Roger Federer who cruised past Lukas Rosol in an evening contest.
Federer was broken in his first service game falling behind 0-2 but broke back en-route to winning twelve of the next 14 games breaking his Czech opponent five times and wrapping the match in just 58 minutes. The 17-time Grand Slam champion has 16-15 win/loss record against Djokovic.
In an earlier match, No.3 seed Tomas Berdych, winner of Rotterdam two weeks ago, defeated No.5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3 to set up a semi-final clash with Kohlschreiber. The Czech star broke Tsonga once in each of the sets while saving five breakpoints he faced in the one hour and 28 minute match.
Dubai Men's Singles Quarterfinals Thursday Feb 27
3-Tomas Berdych beat 5-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3
7-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Malek Jaziri 6-2 6-3
1-Novak Djokovic beat 6-Mikhail Youzhny w.o.
4-Roger Federer vs Lukas Rosol 6-2 6-2
Djokovic, Federer Advance to Quarter-finals; WC Jaziri Defeats Devvarman
February 26, 2014 Dubai, UAE - Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri advanced to the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday by defeating Somdev Devvarman 6-3 7-5.
Just last week he was playing in the semi-finals of a Challenger event in Mexico, but his form there and in reaching an earlier final in Dallas attracted the attention of Dubai Tournament Director Salah Tahlak.
Devvarman was also the recipient of a wild card following his victory at a Challenger event in Delhi last week, but he felt he was unable to match his opponent on the court today. Jaziri will now face seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreibe who defeated Andrea Seppi 6-3 6-3.
Fourth-seed Roger Federer came back from 0-2 down in the final set to defeat Czeck star Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-7(4) 6-3 in two hours and 9 minutes at the ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament.
Stepanek had a chance to take a 3-0 lead in the third but Federer stormed back and reeled five games in a row, and although he failed to serve out the match at 5-2 he broke Stepanek again for the victory. Federer will next face Lukas Rosol who upset No.8 seed Dmitry Tursunov. Federer will next face Lukas Rosol who upset No.8 seed Dmitry Tursunov.
If Federer beats Rosol, he will possibly meet defending champion and top-seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. Bidding to win his fifth Dubai title, the 6-time Grand Slam winner crushed Spain’s Roberto Bautista 6-1 6-3 in just under one hour.
Djokovic was broken once but dominated the entire match breaking the Spaniard five times setting up a quarter-final clash with No.6 seed Mikhail Youzhny. The Russian beat Great Britain’s James Ward 6-1 7-6(3).
Third seed Tomas Berdych also won, beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2 6-1 and he will now face fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who received a walkover into the quarter-finals when Nikolay Davydenko withdrew with a rib injury.
Dubai Men's Singles Second Round Wednesday Feb 26
1-Novak Djokovic beat Roberto Bautista 6-1 6-3
3-Tomas Berdych beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2 6-1
5-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Nikolay Davydenko w.o.
4-Roger Federer beat Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-7(4) 6-3
6-Mikhail Youzhny beat James Ward 6-1 7-6(3)
7-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-3
Lukas Rosol beat 8-Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 7-6(4)
Malek Jaziri beat Somdev Devvarman 6-3 7-5
Djokovic Opens 5th Title Bid, Berdych Wins Opener; Del Potro Exits on Wrist Injury
February 25, 2014 ITS Staff Dubai UAE – Six-time Grand Slam champion and top-seed Novak Djokovic defeated Denis Istomin 6-3 6-3 on Tuesday to open his title defense of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The 26-year old World No.2 broke Istomin three times and saved four breakpoints he faced in the one hour and 24 minute match setting up a second round meeting with Spain’s Roberto Bautista.
In his first tournament since losing to Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last month, Djokovic is bidding for his 5th title in Dubai winning in 2009 – 2011 and last year’s crown over Czech star Tomas Berdych who also advanced with 6-3 6-4 victory over Romanian qualifier Marius Copil. Berdych extended his winning streak eight matches since taking the Rotterdam title two weeks ago.
Juan Martin del Potro, No.2 seed, had to retire in his opening match against former US NCAA singles champion Somdev Devvarman of India after dropping the first-set tiebreaker 7-6(3).
The Argentinian started the year winning the Sydney International in January but has been plagued with an injury on his left wrist. After winning the 2009 U.S. Open, Del Potro was operated on his right wrist forcing a long lay-off from the tour.
“My wrist is hurting a lot and it was really tough to play today and I tried everything, but it's very difficult play like in these conditions, you know, playing slices or I cannot be the player what I would like to be,” said Del Potro.
“It's hurting all the time, it's sometimes less and sometimes little more. But it's hurting, and I have been in contact with my doctor all the time. He's trying to keep me motivated to keep playing, but I know what it's my limit playing on court. Today was enough. I have been doing a big effort to play this tournament, and it was not enough to play what I like to play.”
Dubai Championships Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Feb 25
5-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Victor Hanescu 6-2 6-4
Nikolay Davydenko beat Andrey Golubev 7-6(6) 6-4
1-Novak Djokovic beat Denis Istomin 6-3 6-3
James Ward beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 2-6 6-4 7-6(6)
Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Ivan Dodig 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 6-2
Malek Jaziri beat Igor Sijsling 0-6 6-4 7-6(4)
Somdev Devvarman beat 2-Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6(3) 0-0 ret.
Radek Stepanek beat Michael Russell 5-7 6-3 6-1
6-Mikhail Youzhny beat Michal Przysiezny 6-3 6-4
Lukas Rosol beat Daniel Brands 7-6(4) 6-4
3-Tomas Berdych beat Marius Copil 6-3 6-4
Federer Makes Winning Start in Dubai
February 24, 2014 Dubai UAE – Former World No.1 Roger Federer won his opening match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Benjamin Becker.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is eying his 6th Dubai trophy having won the tournament 2003 – 2005, 2007, and 2012. In the second round, Federer awaits the winner of the match between American Michael Russell and Czech star Radek Stepanek. (Watch amazing Federer shot below)
In other first round matches, Dmitry Tursunov also reached the second round with a 7-5 6-1 triumph over qualifier Lukas Lacko. He was joined by Roberto Bautista Agut, who sped to a 3-0 lead against qualifier Adrian Ungur and continued his momentum to a 6-1 6-3 victory, earning him a likely second round meeting with top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic.
He was joined by Roberto Bautista Agut, who sped to a 3-0 lead against qualifier Adrian Ungur and continued his momentum to a 6-1 6-3 victory, earning him a likely second round meeting with top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic.
Dubai Championships Men's Singles First Round Monday Feb 24
7-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Thiemo de Bakker 6-3 6-3
4-Roger Federer beat Benjamin Becker 6-1 6-4
Andreas Seppi beat Florian Mayer 4-6 6-1 7-5
8-Dmitry Tursunov beat Lukas Lacko 7-5 6-1
Roberto Bautista beat Adrian Ungur 6-1 6-3