Irresistible Federer, the Top Dog in Dubai

Published: 02nd March 2015 06:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2015 06:07 AM   |  A+A-

DUBAI: During the trophy presentation of the  Dubai Open, tournament director Salah Talak  congratulated the “World No 1 Roger Federer” on winning the title. There was an embarrassed  silence before the Novak Djokovic fans murmured their protest. It wasn’t the kind of faux pas you would expect from the event’s top official, but that seemed to be the popular sentiment in the arena, dressed in Swiss red. Federer was their number one.

For most part of the evening, the Swiss had  played much better than the best player in the  world. He served, shuffled and stroked his way  to a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Djokovic in Sunday’s final to claim his seventh title in the Gulf nation.

Irresistible Federer.jpgWith the quick courts highlighting his flashy game, Federer had been a neon orange blur on the horizon for all his rivals.

“The seventh is quite unbelievable, what I hear  people talking about that, announcing I’m the seven or six-time winner here in Dubai. Sounds pretty crazy,” Federer said.

“It definitely helps practicing in Dubai quite  a bit. I know how the ball flies and the  conditions here. I also think I had a rough  first visit here to Dubai where I was accused  for not putting in my best effort. I really  felt like I had something to prove after that.”

It had been a dominating week for Federer, who  won the title without losing a set and also  crossed the milestone of 9000 aces in  professional tennis during the course of the  final. More importantly, it was just the kind  of victory and tournament the 17-time Grand  Slam champion needed after a disappointing  third round loss against Andreas Seppi at the  Australian Open.

The Swiss master did suffer a slight wobble in  the final stretch, when he had to save a couple of set points at 6-5. But it was one of those days when Federer’s serve passed the test of nerves spectacularly.


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