Roger Federer won the Dubai Championships for the sixth time in his illustrious career Saturday, defeating Tomas Berdych to the tune of 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.
The win also marked the 78th singles title of Federer’s career, third on the all-time list behind only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.
Speaking with reporters after the match, Federer complimented Berdych’s performance: “It was a tough match. Tomas had the advantage and could have, should have, brought it home, but maybe I got a little lucky.”
Berdych himself acknowledged that he was in a position to win the match but couldn’t quite close the deal:
“He is the greatest player of all time – he will never give up and just give you anything for free. Of course I knew that. I was ready for it, but my execution was not good enough to hold it until the end.”
Federer, who is looking to move on from his lackluster 2013 season, will compete next at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The tournament begins Monday. And after that, it will be on to the Sony Open. Grab Sony Open tickets now!