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Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final

Swiss star edges out UK’s Andy Murray to claim victory

Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
Roger Federer swatted aside Andy Murray 7-5 6-4 to win the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss maestro's 72nd tour title, as he abandoned the baseline to dominate from the net. (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
The 16-times grand slam winner may no longer be favorite for the top prizes but few can match his longevity or dedication on the grueling men's tour and the 30-year-old claimed his fifth Dubai title without dropping a set all week. (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum (R) sits next to his son and Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan as they attend the ATP Dubai Open. (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
"Against Andy I knew I had to stay aggressive but not overly - you don't want to overhit," Federer told reporters. "I think I found the right balance out there tonight." (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
The Swiss has now won five of his past seven tournaments since reaching the semi-finals of last year's US Open. (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
"There is no substitute to confidence," said Federer. "I'm defending much better than I was in the middle of last year where I felt like I couldn't come out of tough defensive positions anymore. I was able to turn it around. Now, I just have to keep it up." (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
Third-seeded Murray went into Saturday's final with an 8-6 winning record against second seed Federer, although the Swiss has won both of their grand slam encounters. (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
Murray, 24, did beat world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday to reach the final and gain revenge for his semi-final defeat by the Serb in January's Australian Open. (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
But he was strangely lackluster against Federer and struggled to get his service going with his first serve percentage dipping from a modest 58 in his opening four service games to a lamentable 38 over the next five. (AFP/Getty Images)
Federer wins Dubai Tennis Championships final
Federer, in response, abandoned his strategy of hugging the baseline and instead prowled the net at every opportunity on both his and Murray's serve. (AFP/Getty Images)