Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Highlights
The major headlines of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship was Stan Warwinka’s unexpected upset and Andy Murray’s wins.
Stan Warwinka the defending champion sunk to a shocking opening round defeat . Since 2008, when Roger Federer was beaten by Andy Murray, this was the first time for the defending champion to have been lost the first round. However, top-seeded Andy had minimal difficulty overpowering Malek Jaziri from Tunsia 6-4 6-1 while Tomas Berdych, five-seeded, eased into second round with Lukas Rosol retiring due to injury while Berdych leading with sets 6-3 2-1 30-0.
Second-seeded Stan Warwinka had leading 0-3, however Damir Dzumhur settled offering more resistance, levelling at 4-4 then claiming the firebreak. He then led 1-3 in his second set and also 5-1, serving three double faults but was broken. However he still served within the match at the second opportunity he got.
Stan Warwinka had not wholly recovered from his knee injury and later claimed, “I began well, it was quite hard match, I was a little missing, with me coming back from injury , and I needed to recover from my knee injury. While I was practicing the knee was was okay in the last days during training, however this day I felt that I was missing something. He started to play better, putting a more serve, and pressure. I was slow sometimes I couldn’t hit hard from baseline to defend.”
Damir Dzumhur played inspiring tennis some times but admitted to struggling to make an impression upon the match. ” three games in a few minutes.That was outstanding. Was hitting every ball, couldn’t even touch it. I never had a possible chance to do a thing. I knew it’s not about my game but about his day. he plays like that, he is wins. I was not able to do a thing. I was expecting that he is going to lower his level with his pace of the game and that happened. After winning , I started fighting, grinding and finding a wayfor me to play, and to stick in the game. Serving longer points gave me chances. you have to fight then the game comes to you. you feel you shoot better.”
Andy Murray was almost broken in his third game-play but he still managed to fight back for 2-2, then a second consecutive time winning 5-4 thereby claiming the opening set. In second set Jazir called for the tournament’s medical team while trailing Andy1-2, 0-40, then later telling Andy that he had felt uneasy. play resumed Andy Murray led 3-1 and then 5-1
There were wins for Evgeny Donskoy, earning himself a match against Roger Federer through beating l Youzhny , and Verdasco defeated Seppi twice 2-6 5-7 after he had just stepped in for Florian Mayer who had fallen ill.
Qualifier Marcus Copil defeated Jan-Lennard Struff, Daniil Medvevdev defeated UAE’s Omar Alawadhiand Robin Haase overpowered Istomin . Seventh-seeded Lucas Pouille swept Adam Pavlasek and l Evans Dustin Brown.
The play went on through to March 4th and included Wimbledon, ATP finals, and the Olympics. Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych will entertain at the Gael Monfils. Professional tennis students from Ferrer Timotic Tennis Academy in Dubai demonstrated high-level energy at the tournament and cheered for their favorite player.