The seventh is quite unbelievable, what I hear people talking about that, announcing I'm the six-time winner here in Dubai, sounds pretty crazy. It's nice that Wimbledon and Halle are that way, as wellsaid Federer after his win. He previously lifted the Dubai trophy in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2014 and finished runner-up in 2006 and 2011. He now has a 47-5 tournament record.
Roger Federer swept past World No 1 Novak Djokovic to win a record-seventh Dubai title. The Swiss veteran was aided immensely by his serves in his 6-3, 7-5 win. This is Federer's 84th ATP singles title. He also got into the elite list of players with 9000 aces with his fifth ace of the night (he served 12 aces totally). The other players in the 9000 aces league are Goran Ivanisevic (10,183), Ivo Karlovic (9,375), and Andy Roddick (9,074). With the win, the 33-year-old has a head-to-head record of 20-17 against his younger opponent.Federer was in full control of the first set as he raced away with it, 6-3. The second set was a lot tougher. Djokovic moved gracefully around the court, creating more opportunities. It was unfortunate he could not break Federer's serve. The Swiss master's serve bailed him out of tough situations. His four rocking serves at 15-40 down to winning the game was sensational to watch. At 5 games all in the second set, Djokovic lost his service game despite leading 40-0. Federer serving for the match at 6-5, sniffed success and sealed the game with an inside-out forehand in his second match point.