Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Roger Federer: confident, controlled, aggressive tennis wins in Dubai. The Swiss tennis star now carries another trophy to add to his shelf, and having closed the 2011 season with confidence, he claims that confidence boost that winners achieve in mega doses.
Defeating Andy Murray in the final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Federer rejoices at his 5th victory for this particular venue. “Confidence” and “calm” are the key words describing the world No. 3’s performance and “he was playing a lot more aggressive,” said Murray of his rival.
Roger Federer: Confident, Controlled, Aggressive Tennis Wins in Dubai
“It’s great. There is no substitute to confidence,” declared Federer. “I’ve played great. It’s not just that I’ve taken my chances. I really thought I played a good tournament here. I played a great tournament in Rotterdam. The end of last year was exceptional, so it’s nice to also win a tournament outdoors now. That gives me hope that I can carry it over to Indian Wells and Miami.”
Sixteen-time Grand Slam champion Federer has been on a remarkable run of form in the past six months, winning 33 of his past 35 matches since losing in the semi-finals of the US Open (l. to Djokovic). Taking in four titles, including victory at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Tsonga), Federer’s only defeats in that period have come against Nadal in the Australian Open semi-finals and to John Isner in the Davis Cup first round.
“The match was close I think in both sets,” said Federer. “I just gave myself more opportunities than Andy did overall. I felt really good out there tonight. I felt calm knowing what I wanted to do. I think the surface, I used it to my advantage, which in the last year’s final I couldn’t or didn’t. I think that was a big thing tonight as well.”
The 24-year-old Murray was bidding for his second ATP World Tour title of the season, having won his 22nd career trophy at the Brisbane International in January. The Dunblane native was playing his first event since reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he was beaten in five sets by Djokovic.
“I think second set he played better than me,” said Murray. “For sure I made a few too many mistakes in the second, and he was playing a lot more aggressive than in the first set. 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.” Click here to visit the original source of this post
Roger Federer: confident, controlled, aggressive tennis wins in Dubai, and it’s that style of game that we often see the champion display on the court. The 30 year old persists in excellence and with Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold medal in his sites, judging by his current condition and inner game strengths, there’s no reason why that can’t be realized.