Dubai: Stan Wawrinka won his ninth straight final with a 6-4, 7-6 (15/13) defeat of Marcos Baghdatis to clinch the Dubai ATP title on Saturday after a "crazy tiebreaker".
Stan Wawrinka poses with the Dubai Open trophy after defeating Marcos Baghdatis during their final match in Dubai on Saturday. Pic/AFP
The French Open champion from Switzerland claimed the 13th title of his career and second of the season after Chennai Open.
The match lasted for almost two hours, with Wawrinka leading 4-1 in the tiebreaker but forced to go the distance as he saved five set points before winning when a Baghdatis return went wide on a fourth match point.
'All about nerves'
"Until 6-all in the tiebreak I was always up with a mini-break. I did I think two double faults and two or three, three quick mistakes," the winner said.
"Then it started to be all about nerves — 6-6, 7-7, 10-10. You try to stay there, try to play simple, aggressive. It and was good to finish it in two sets. It's an amazing end of week, for sure. 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," Wawrinka said.
"I'm really happy to have another trophy. It's an amazing feeling, especially today as I was playing some really good tennis. It was a tough final."