ATP MEXICAN OPEN
British number one Andy Murray lost in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open in Acapulco. Murray, 26 lost in three sets to fourth seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, 22 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) in the match which lasted just under three hours. Dimitrov beat South African Kevin Anderson in the final 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
In the first round Murray defeated Spain’s Pablo Andujar 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 and then Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3 in the second, followed by Gilles Simon in the quarter finals 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
ATP RIO OPEN
World Number 1 Rafael Nadal secured his second tournament victory of 2014 after he won the inaugural Rio Open, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the final.
Nadal winning another title in Rio (source: http://www.bbc.com/sport)
The top seeded Spaniard sealed victory in the tie-break after an hour and 41 minutes to give him his 43rd Clay Court and 62nd ATP World Tour singles title, adding to his win in Doha earlier this year, giving him two titles before the end of February, something he hasn’t achieved since 2005.
ATP DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Unseeded Venus Williams was the Women’s Champion at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships beating French number one Alizé Cornet 6-3, 6-0 to win her first title in seventeen months and also avenge her sister Serena’s shock defeat to the French player in the semi-finals. Former World Number 1, Williams did not drop a set all week in Dubai tournament and continued her fantastic form into the final against Cornet. This latest victory gave Williams her third Dubai title and her 45th career WTA singles title and she moves back into the world’s top thirty women’s players.
Williams wins her third Dubai title (source:www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com)
In the Men’s Championship, Roger Federer made an impressive comeback in the final against third seed Tomas Berdych to win the Dubai Duty Free Championships for the sixth time yesterday. Picking up his 78th Tour title, Federer, 32 won in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 against the Czechoslovakian third seed to finish as the champion and secure his first title for nine months.
In the first round, Federer defeated Benjamin Becker 6-1, 6-4 followed by Radek Stepanek in round two 6-2, 6-7 (7-4) and Lukas Rosol in the quarter finals 6-2, 6-2. In the semi-finals he defeated top seed Novak Djokovic for the first time in eighteen months 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to earn his place in the final.