2015 Dubai Duty Free Championships
Federer Captures Seventh Dubai Title; Defeats Djokovic in Final
atpworldtour.com February 28, 2015 Dubai - Roger Federer captured a record seventh Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships crown on Saturday night as he defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 in the final.
"The seventh is quite unbelievable, what I hear people talking about that, announcing I'm the six-time winner here in Dubai," said Federer. "Sounds pretty crazy. It's nice that Wimbledon and Halle are that way, as well."
The Swiss served four aces in the 37-minute opener and became the fourth player (since 1991) to hit 9000 aces when he fired down a service winner at the start of the sixth game of the second set. He hit 12 aces in total throughout the match, taking his tally to 9007.
Victory marked Federer’s second ATP World Tour title of the season. He opened his 2015 campaign by claiming the Brisbane title with his 1000th match win, beating Milos Raonic in the final. The Basel native now has an 84-42 finals record.
Federer improved to a 20-17 lead over Djokovic in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series as he recorded his first victory over the Serb in a final since the 2012 Cincinnati title match.
"I think it's really become a very nice rivalry," said Federer. "I think we play very nicely against each other, and it seems people like the way we play against each other, as well. I don't think we have to adjust our games very much against each other, which I think is nice, as well. We can just play our game, and then the better man wins.
"It's been nice seeing Novak's improvements over all these years. He's become such an unbelievable player, especially the past five, six years, and cleaned up his game so nicely and became the best mover in the game. It's really a pleasure playing against him every single time again."
Djokovic, a four-time champion in Dubai, was looking to eclipse his coach Boris Becker and win his 50th tour-level title. The Belgrade native dropped to a 49-23 finals record. He was playing his first tournament since winning his eighth Grand Slam championship at the Australian Open (d. Murray) last month.
Results 2015 Dubai Duty Free Championships
Dubai Duty Free Men’s Singles Final Feb 28
2-Roger Federer beat 1-Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5
Dubai Duty Free Men’s Singles Semifinals Feb 27
2-Roger Federer beat Borna Coric 6-2, 6-1
1-Novak Djokovic beat 4-Tomas Berdych 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
Dubai Duty Free Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Feb 26
2- Roger Federer beat Richard Gasquet 6-1 0-0 ret.
4-Tomas Berdych beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
1-Novak Djokovic beat Marsel Ilhan 6-1, 6-1
Borna Coric beat 3-Andy Murray 6-1 6-3
Dubai Duty Free Men’s Singles Second Round Feb 25
Marsel Ilhan beat 6-Feliciano Lopez 3-6 7-5 6-3
Borna Coric beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 3-6 6-6 ret.
4-Tomas Berdych beat Simone Bolelli 7- (7), 5-7, 6-0
1-Novak Djokovic beat Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-2
Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Denis Istomin 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Richard Gasquet beat 7-Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4 3-6 7-6(6)
2-Roger Federer beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3
3-Andy Murray beat Joao Sousa 6-0, 6-2
Dubai Duty Free Men’s Singles First Round Feb 23 - 24
3-Andy Murray beat Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-5
Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
4-Tomas Berdych beat Jeremy Chardy 7-6(2), 6-4
Fernando Verdasco vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-1
6-Feliciano Lopez beat James Ward 6-4, 6-4
Borna Coric beat Malek Jaziri 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
1-Novak Djokovic beat Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4
Marsel Ilhan beat Alexander Zverev 6-1, 7-6(4)
7-Roberto Bautista-Agut beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2
Simone Bolelli beat Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-3
Marcos Baghdatis beat 8-David Goffin 6-2 7-5
2-Roger Federer beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-1
Andrey Golubev beat Fabrice Martin 7-5, 6-4
Denis Istomin beat 5-Ernests Gulbis 7-5 6-2
Richaed Gsquet beat Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-7(1) 6-4
Joao Sousa beat James McGee 6-1 6-2