|Posted on March 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM|
Even with his 3-6 6-4 6-3 loss to Roger Federer in the Dubai final, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic moves to No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings when the list is released on Monday.
Federer Beats Berdych to Win Dubai Open
Saturday, March 1, 2014
In the final of the 22nd Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Swiss Roger Federer defeated Tomas Berdych in a tough match in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Berdych said he would like to come back to Dubai in 2015 and that his third participation might lead him to victory. The Czech cashed in 210,020 dollars prize money for his runner-up position.
For Berdych, it was the second time to leave the Dubai Open as the runner-up as he lost the final last year against Novak Djokovic.
Shaikh Hasher Maktoum, Dubai Director of Information and President of Tennis Emirates, was joined by Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairman of Dubai Duty Free; Salah Tahlak, tournament director; George Horan, president, Dubai Duty Free, and Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, vice-president of Tennis Emirates, at the trophy presentation.
Berdych was on an 11-match winning streak – the longest of his career – coming into the final, but he failed to stop Federer from winning his sixth title in Dubai and 78th overall.
“He’s the greatest player of all time, really,” said the disappointed Berdych. “He will never give up and just give you anything for free. So, of course, I knew that.
“I was ready for it, but really my execution was not good enough to hold it till the end.”
Enjoy 30 TV Captures DUBAI SPORTS - The Trophy Ceremony
Tomas is congratulated by Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Vice President, Tennis Emirates
Tomas received the runner-up trophy
Roger Federer's wife Mirka applauds her husband
Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych display their trophies after Federer won the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Federer won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.