ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 19: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the Final on day 7 of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on February 19, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Dubai Championships 2012: Roger Federer Takes Fifth Title

Roger Federer added a fifth Dubai Championships title to his resume after defeating Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 Saturday.

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2012 Dubai Championships: Roger Federer Downs Andy Murray For Fifth Title

Roger Federer took home the fifth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title of his career, downing Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday. The two stars put on a show for a packed audience. In the first set, Federer went down 4-2 when Murray broke serve. Federer clawed his way back to level the set at 5-5, before taking his serve and the set back from Murray. During the second set, Murray hit a backhand into the net to give Federer a break point and the serve for the match at 5-4.

"The match was close I think in both sets," said Federer. "I just gave myself more opportunities than Andy did overall. I felt really good out there tonight. I felt calm knowing what I wanted to do. I think the surface, I used it to my advantage, which in the last year's finals I couldn't or didn't. I think that was a big thing tonight as well."

Despite the loss, Murray did very well for himself during the tournament, upsetting world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals to somewhat avenge his loss to the Serb at the 2012 Australian Open. Despite recording arguably the biggest win of the tournament, the crowd was firmly behind Federer for the Dubai final.

"I think in the second set he played better than me," said Murray. "For sure I made a few too many mistakes in the second, and he was playing a lot more aggressive than in the first set. It was a good win yesterday, good win the day before, tough match today, so I'm happy with the week.

"The atmosphere was fantastic. I think most of the crowd wanted Roger to win but it's not often you get the chance to play in a packed stadium."

Check out the rest of our StoryStream for more results from the tournament. Be sure to stay tuned for SB Nation's tennis hub for more news.


Dubai Championships 2012 Results Day 5: Roger Federer Into Finals After Defeating Juan Martin Del Potro

Roger Federer already has four titles from Dubai.

Now, he'll have a shot at his fifth.

The tournament's No. 2 seed hasn't won a title since 2007 (partially since the past four straight years some guy named Novak Djokovic has been stealing them. That won't be happening this year.)

Federer defeated No. 8 seeded Juan Martin Del Potro to secure the Swiss' shot at a fifth title.

The match between the two seeds was anything but a simple straight set victory for Federer or loss for Del Potro.

It was a straight set tiebreaker battle.

Both players hit 11 aces and won 60 percent of their first serves. Despite being down 5-0 and then 6-2 in the second set tiebreaker, Federer edged his Argentine opponent, winning the semifinal match 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6). The match lasted just 12 seconds shy of two hours.

From the AP:

"It was a good comeback, especially on a quick court," Federer said. "I didn't believe I was going to come back, but at least sort of make him a bit nervous. Next thing I know, I had a great point at 6-all and I was able to come through. So it was a great match for me."


Dubai Championships 2012 Results Day 5: Novak Djokovic Upset In Semis By Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic, the top seed at the Dubai Championship and top-ranked player in the world, won't be able to match his 43-win steak from 2011 as he lost in the semifinals to No. 4-seed Andy Murray.

Murray, a Scot who has yet to win a Grand Slam and had lost the last seven of 11 meetings between the two 24-year-old tennis stars, ended Djokovic' streak at 10.

With the upset over Djokovic, Murray may be on his way to reaching his year-end goal to be the world's No. 1.

From SBNation:

With three Grand Slams left in the year as well as a full-tournament schedule, it's not an impossible goal for Murray, despite any injuries.

With the addition of new coach, legendary tennis player Ivan Lendl, that goal may come sooner than later.

First, Murray has to knock the No.1 before he can become the No. 1. Seeing how that No. 1 is Novak Djokovic, the same No. 1 since last July, it will take giving Djokovic something he isn't that used to in the past year - a loss.

In just one hour and 22 minutes and winning 71 percent of his first serves, that's exactly what Murray did. He stopped Djokovic, who was in search of his fourth straight title in Dubai.

Murray won 94 percent of the points off his first serve in the first set alone and finished with a match total of 85 percent. Djokovic, who is said to have looked rusty, admitted he committed too many unforced errors.

Besides his serve, Murray contributed his success on court Friday to their five-hour match in Melbourne.

From the AP:

"I think it's big for me that after Australia this year I've come back and had a win like tonight," Murray said. "Hopefully that will set me up well for the year. Confidence in tennis and almost any individual sport is so important. A win like tonight will do that no harm."

Murray will face the winner of the semifinal matchup between No. 2 seed Roger Federer and No. 8 seed Juan Martin Del Potro


Dubai Championships 2012 Results Day 4: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray To Meet in Semifinals

For the last two years, Andy Murray has lost to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.

Lucky for Murray, this is the Dubai Championships.

But the No. 3-seeded Scot will face top tournament seed and world No. 1 Djokovic in the semifinal round.

Murray will be facing an opponent looking for his fourth straight Dubai title.

From the AP:

"I would like to get a chance to play him again," Murray said. "Before the Indian Wells-Miami stretch it would be good to see exactly what I need to work on, where my game is. I had a great match with him in Australia, and hopefully I can reverse the result tomorrow."

In his quarterfinal match, Murray faced No. 5-seeded Tomas Berdych. Despite losing their last three meetings, the Scot finally edged the first set and won 6-3, 7-5.

Djokovic didn't have a smooth trip out of the quarterfinals either. He faced No. 7-seeded Janko Tipsarevic. Tipsarevic is more than a fellow Serb to Djokovic, he's a friend.

Djokovic breezed through the first set 6-1, but the second set went to a tiebreaker, which Djokovic won 8-6 to complete a one-hour, 36-minute match.

"We know each other really well," Djokovic said. "We both got a little bit nervous toward the end, I guess, and it was just luck to prevail."

In the other half of the bracket, No. 2-seeded Roger Federer will take on No. 8-seeded Juan Del Potro.


Dubai Championships 2012 Results Day 3: All Top Seeds Advance Except One

Seeds No. 1 through No. 8 all advanced in to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championship -- from No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 2 seeded Roger Federer to No. 4 seeded Andy Murray down to No. 8 seeded Juan Del Potro.

Well, all except one seed advanced.

The American didn't. No. 6-seeded Mardy Fish was beaten by Mikhail Youzhny. The Russian defeated the American in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (0), in an hour and 47 minutes. Both players won 77 percent of points off their first serve, but Youzhny saved 100 percent of his break points, while Fish saved 67 percent.

Now only six top 10 players remain in the tournament, No. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10.

In his first tournament since the Australian Open, Djokovic continued his quest for his fourth straight title in Dubai. Djokovic was down in the second set but won five straight games to take the match.

From CBS Sports:

"The difference between the top players and maybe the lower-ranked players is actually those moments," Djokovic said of his comeback. "And managing to keep your composure and cope with the pressure and just focus, have an extra focus, mental strength."

Djokovic and Federer both won in straights sets, as did Murray and Del Potro. No. 4-seeded Jo Wilfried-Tsonga and No. 5 Tomas Berdych also won in two sets.

Quarterfinal matchups:

No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic

No. 3 Andy Murray vs. No. 5 Tomas Berdych

No. 6 Juan Del Potro vs. No. 4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Mikhail Youzhny vs. No. 3 Roger Federer

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