Stan Wawrinka overcame a gutsy challenge from Marcos Baghdatis to triumph in Saturday’s final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The Swiss star came into the match having won eight of the last eight tournament finals he played in, and despite a spirited effort from Baghdatis, he was able to extend his streak to nine after winning 6-4, 7-6 (15-13) in just under two hours.
It is also his second ATP World Tour title of the year, after he won his third straight Chennai title back in January.
Baghdatis broke for a 3-2 lead in the first set, but immediately relinquished his lead in the next game.
Wawrinka then earned three break points in the ninth game, and even though Baghdatis fought back to deuce, he eventually went down on the fifth break point, allowing Wawrinka to go one set up.
There were no breaks of serve in the second set, leading to a marathon 28-point tie-break which saw Baghdatis fail to convert five set points before Wawrinka was finally able to close out the victory.
“It’s always tough between the two of us,” Wawrinka said after the match.
“I am really happy not just because I have won my first trophy here, but because I have played my best match of the week.”