Federer beats Murray for fifth Dubai title

Updated: Mar 03, 2012, 22:47 PM IST

Dubai: Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 to win the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss maestro`s 72nd tour title.

Federer clinched his fifth Dubai crown without dropping a set all week. He broke Murray at 5-5 in the first set as the Briton`s serving dipped.

The Swiss, 30, then broke again to go 3-1 ahead in the second set but Murray produced two brilliant lobs to square the set at 3-3.

Federer remained unfazed by his opponent`s fightback and attacked Murray`s second serve to force the Briton to net a backhand for a decisive 5-4 lead.

Serving for the match, Federer hit a series of stinging forehands into left court to earn match point and he sealed victory with a blistering winner past a subdued Murray.

Bureau Report