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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 March, 2004, 20:16 GMT
Federer retains Dubai title
Roger Federer is the first player to retain the Dubai Open title
World number one Roger Federer became the first player to retain the Dubai Open when he came from a set down to defeat Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-1 6-2.

The Australian Open champion started badly and after dropping his serve in the opening game, he failed to convert five break points at 4-3 down.

However Federer started to find his rhythm in the second set and broke twice to take the match into a decider.

Federer dominated the third set and dropped just four points on his serve.

The Swiss star afterwards paid tribute to his Spanish opponent, who impressed in his first ATP tour final.

I was close today against the best player in the world
Feliciano Lopez
"I really had to fight hard and I think Feliciano is definitely going to win his first title soon," said Federer.

"He started very well and it was really difficult for me to come back. I had a little more experience.

"He played unbelievable tennis, I thought.

"I played good tennis except for that first game, and he came up with some unbelievable shots, unbelievable power, great serving and he totally deserved that first set.

"This means very much to me, to come back from a set down in a final. I don't remember if I ever did this before.

"Except for that first game I thought I played a perfect match."

Lopez was positive despite the defeat, saying, "I'm happy because I played great tennis this week and I was close today against the best player in the world."


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