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Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Saturday Tennis Results
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dubai, U.A.E.


RESULTS - SATURDAY, 2 MARCH 2013

Singles - Final

[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [3] T Berdych (CZE) 75 63

Doubles - Final
M Bhupathi (IND) / M Llodra (FRA) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 76(6) 76(6)  

 

FINALS REVIEW – DJOKOVIC WINS FOURTH CROWN; BHUPATHI/LLODRA CAPTURE DOUBLES

•    Novak Djokovic captured his fourth Dubai title and his 36th tour-level trophy.
•    Djokovic extended his winning streak to 18 matches. His last loss came to Sam Querrey in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris second round on 31 October 2012.
•    Djokovic, who also lifted the trophy in 2009 (d. Ferrer), 2010 (d. Youzhny) and 2011 (d. Federer), earned $429,600 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
•    Mahesh Bhupathi has won his fifth Dubai doubles title with his fifth different partner. He teamed up with Michael Llodra for the first time this week.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Novak Djokovic:
“My serving today was great, [I had a] very high percentage of first serves, over 200 [kilometres per hour]. I really felt that I could rely on my serve. And in tough moments, that part of my game actually helped me to prevail. To be honest, I haven't played as aggressive and maybe as good as I have played in yesterday's match [versus Juan Martin del Potro] or previous matches during this week. But that's also because I had [my] toughest challenge. 

“Tomas was obviously aggressive from the start and feeling confident after a win against Roger [Federer]. I backed it up and I was playing from my back foot a bit and giving him too much time to control the points. That resulted with a break down, and then he missed a few easy shots on break points first and second set that gave me the victory basically. I felt when I came from break down that I started believing in myself a little bit more. I hung in there and stayed tough.  This is the important thing.

“I have been enjoying my time, always coming here with a big team, with family, friends.  Everybody has been welcomed. This generosity of the people and from the organisation is always remembered. So this is definitely one of my favourite tournaments throughout the year. Winning it four times now is something that I definitely enjoy.”

Tomas Berdych: “I was able to play the rallies with him quite well, especially from the baseline, and trying to hold him under the pressure. The beginning was really good, but this is just really [a] small step that was working for few games.”

Mahesh Bhupathi: “It's like playing at home here. I've got so many friends and so much family. I used to live here for so many years. It's great to come back. The Indian support is obviously tremendous. Playing on that court before the final, it's an amazing atmosphere.”

Michael Llodra: “It’s unbelievable to play in this stadium. It was full. An unbelievable atmosphere. So that's why we play tennis, to play this kind of match. Of course if you can win it, it's better.”




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