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Sunday, March 4, 2012

NEWS: Federer continues his winning ways as he takes the Dubai Duty Free title

After losing in the semifinals of the U.S. Open to Novak Djokovic in 2011, one might have thought that the now thirty-year-old Roger Federer might have had a let down. After all, he has won 16 Grand Slam titles and is certainly always discussed when considering a name for the best tennis player of all time. But since that loss, Roger Federer has won 33 of his last 35 matches. 
    The 2012 title and trophy from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is now his for the fifth time in 10 years as he defeated No. 4 Andy Murray by a score of 7-5, 6-4. "It's great. There is no substitute to confidence," said Federer. And why wouldn't this Swiss maestro be confident. This is his second victory at a final in three weeks having taken the ABM AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam where he beat No. 10 Juan Martin in straight sets.
    Andy Murray had been hoping to capture the Dubai title after soundly beating world No. 1  Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals by a score of 6-2, 7-5. When asked about the tournament, Murray replied, "But overall it was a good week. It was perfect preparation for the stretch over in America. Got through very tough matches against top, top players, so it was good."
    Federer is playing some very inspired tennis in the twilight of his career as he eyes more Grand Slam trophies for himself as well as a potential Gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The year started off in spectacular fashion for tennis at the Australian Open, and if the tennis  continues to sizzle with performances from Federer and the other top players we have seen so far, we are all in for a real treat.

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