Roger Federer notches sixth Dubai Duty Free crown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (4E Sports) – Fourth seed Roger Federer captured the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the sixth time via come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych Saturday.

“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’ first service game,” said Federer. “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,” he added.

The 32-year-old Federer won his 78th tour-level title, moving up to solo third place on the all-time title leaders list, ahead of John McEnroe.

The Swiss has won at least one ATP World Tour title every year since 2000 and Saturday’s victory saw him pass the $80m mark in career earnings.

Federer received 500 ATP rankings points and $465,830 as he improved his head-to-head record against Berdych to 12-6. He had lost his past two meetings with the Czech, in the 2012 US Open quarter-finals and in the Dubai semi-finals last year.

Federer has a 42-5 event record in Dubai, previously lifting the trophy in 2003-05, 2007 and 2012.

The 28-year-old Berdych had been on an 11-match winning run, having won his ninth ATP World Tour title two weeks ago in Rotterdam. He dropped to a 9-12 finals record.

“I would say many things [went wrong],” lamented Berdych. “The match started pretty well. I had really many chances, and then I basically just gave him the game and that’s it.

Meanwhile, world No. 114 Paolo Lorenzi reached his first ATP World Tour final on Saturday at the Brasil Open 2014 when Tommy Haas retired with a right shoulder injury.

Lorenzi was leading, 6-3, 3-2, when the German was forced to quit.

The 32-year-old Lorenzi will face Federico Delbonis, who defeated home favorite Thomaz Bellucci, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

On the women’s side, Klara Zakopalova captured her first WTA title in over eight years with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory over Garbine Muguruza in the Brasil Tennis Cup final.

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