Roger Federer scored the 84th title win of his career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time.
Roger Federer has apologised for getting caught up in the bitter rivalry between Indian and Pakistani cricket fans after he was pictured admiring the blue shirt of World Cup champions India in a marketing photo-shoot.
Top-seeded Simona Halep earned the tenth title of her career and made herself a double champion in the Arabian Gulf by capturing the Dubai Open with a tenacious and skilful 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) win over Karolina Pliskova on Saturday.
Karolina Pliskova, the steep-serving 22-year-old from Prague who last month became the youngest player in the current top 20, reached the biggest final of her career with her third outstanding win at the Dubai Open.
Venus Williams, who could return to the world`s top ten for the first time in four years if she makes a successful defence of the Dubai Open title this week, began the journey with a 6-1, 6-2 rout of highly-regarded Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Monday.
Left to nurse injuries for better part of the year going by, celebrated American golfer Tiger Woods said his close friend Arjun Atwal's Asian Tour triumph and a sponsorship deal with the Hero Group counted among the high points of 2014 for him.
It will be a special homecoming for Indian golfer Arjun Atwal, who recently won the Dubai Open, when he tees off at the prestigious Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) for the Rs 1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship, here on Thursday.