Wawrinka Edges Resurgent Baghdatis in ATP Dubai Finale

by Staff | February 27th, 2016, 7:21 pm

Stan Wawrinka hadn’t lost a final in three years, and he wasn’t about to let the streak go South on Saturday, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 7-6(13) in the championship of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
“I’m really happy to have another trophy,” said the Swiss after capturing his second of 2016 after Chenai. “It’s [an] amazing feeling, especially today when I was playing some really good tennis. It was a tough final against Marcos. We always play some tough match.”

Baghdatis squandered an early break lead in the first set, and failed to convert on five set points in the second-set tiebreak.

“I think I was in control of the match until 3-2, then I got broken twice,” Baghdatis said. “Then I think I played much better in the second set. I was more in control of myself. I found a way to get it to [a] tiebreak. I think I was a bit unlucky there. But I think more matches throughout the year at this level would make me go in there and believe from the beginning that I can win, not wait three, four games and start believing.”

The No. 2-seeded Wawrinka improved to 13-9 in finals after his ninth straight championship-round win.

“It was [a] tough beginning, but I was always trying to fight, always trying to improve day by day even if I wasn’t playing great at the beginning,” he said. “It was tough conditions to play here, [the ball is] flying. It’s fast. Until 6-all in the tiebreak I was always up with mini-break. I think I hit two double faults and [made] three quick mistake. Then it started to be all about nerves.”

En route to the final the unseeded Baghdatis upset No. 5 Viktor Troicki, No. 4 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 6 Feliciano Lopez.

Baghdatis was looking for his first title since 2010 Sydney, and fell to 4-9 in title matches.


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10 Comments for Wawrinka Edges Resurgent Baghdatis in ATP Dubai Finale

Tennisfan Says:

Wow apparently Stan overtook Lendl in all-time ATP career prize-money with this win. Kinda crazy if that’s post inflation-adjustment since Lendl won 6 more majors than Wawrinka.

chrisford1 Says:

Tennisfan – If ATP can figure out how to adjust the ranking points in different time periods they can buy the software cheap to show what prize money in 1985 is worth in dollars in the year 2015.
That is why their “Who will be the 1st man to exceed 100 million in prize money???” clickbait articles!!! – are a joke, as Federer has already exceeded it in 2015 dollars given the bulk of his wins were in 2003-2007.
But even indexed for inflation, prize money has greatly increased each decade. Slams and below. And prize money is built on ATP 500, Masters events, Championships – some years in the 70s and 80s, the Championships and one or two Masters 1000 events paid more than the French or Australian Open did.

Lendl, BTW, and you probably know this, won a ton of Masters 500s, 1000s and Championships. Or went deep. Likely made more on them than Slams. He was a tennis playing beast.

danica Says:

Happy for Baggy coming back to form.

Margot Says:

Meanwhile Thiem and Tomic battle it out and no mention? Surely TX should be looking forwards?
So next Big 4, Thiem, Tomic, Kyrgios and another?
Who? Or none?
Let’s talk tennis!

Green Lady Says:

Well done Dominic Theim,2 titles in 3 weeks,he looks to be the real deal,hope he can take it forward to the GS,and other tournies.

danica Says:

Thiem, Tomic, Kyrgios and Zverev. And Coric. And Fritz. And… :)

After Nole retires, Zverev will be my guy while I won’t miss any of Nick’s matches.

Margot Says:

Top 4, top 4! You cannot have top 99.

AndyMira Says:

@Margot..i smile like an idiot when i read your post at 7.10..if danica wants a top 99..let her have it..besides all the young guns were good looking..don’t waste the good luck that had been blessed to us..it’s certainly refreshing to the sore eyes!

Skeezer Says:


You had to have seen the Warriors / Thunder game last night.
Yes, best shooter…..EVER.


Okiegal Says:

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