Dubai: Roger Federer won a record sixth Dubai Championships — and 78th career title — by beating Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Saturday.
Federer, who maintains a home in Dubai, delighted a packed stadium of fans who seemed biased for the Swiss in back-to-back wins over Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Berdych. Federer’s win, his sixth here in the last 12 years, extends his record of winning at least one title a year to 14 consecutive years.
In doubles, Rohan Bopanna and his partner Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi of Pakistan won their first ATP title after reuniting as they beat Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the final.
The second seeded duo beat their top seeded opponents Nestor of Canada and Zimonjic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3 in one-hour-and-eight minutes.