Federer Beats Murray to Win 2012 Title in Dubai

Murray Dubai

Andy Murray suffered a rare loss in ATP final losing to the world number three Roger Federer in the final of the Dubai Championships. The 16 Grand Slam winner triumphed 7-5 6-4 on Saturday evening.

Murray’s record in finals of ATP events (not counting Grand Slam finals) is really impressive having only lost 6 out 28 finals coming into the match, having only lost two in the last 5 years, his last losing final coming in 2010 at the ATP 500 event in L.A.

That record though was dented a little by a resurgent 30-year-old Federer who has won the Dubai title five times in the last 10 years. Federer has been on a remarkable run of form in the past six months, winning 33 of his past 35 matches since losing in the semi-finals of the US Open.

Federer had not dropped serve all week, so the first task ahead of Murray was breaking the Swiss serve that had looked unstoppable all week. Murray did get the first opportunity to break as he earned two break points in game six. The opportunity to secure the first break of serve though slipped through the scotsman’s hands and It was Federer who would go on to claim the crucial break of serve in game 11 and then serve out the set.

Murray did eventually break the former world number 1’s serve, though it was just to level the 2nd set 3-3 after he himself had once again dropped serve. After moving the match on to 4-4, Murray’s serve for third time in the match faltered leaving Federer with the chance to serve out the match.