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.