Dubai Tennis Championship Magnets the Top Atp Players

By: Claudia Beckford

The Dubai Tennis Championship which is one of the International Series Gold began last March 3rd in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This tournament is among the ATP most recognized and well rewarded and most if not all the top ranking tennis players make their yearly appearance on the outdoor hard courts.

This year in particular the competition has surfaced many different feelings from fans and players as the most unexpected events have taken place and let's not forget the competition will have a new master after Federer's 4-year reign came to an early end. Top seed and world number one Roger Federer; lost in the first competition round to the Scottish Andy Murray; this was the first time since 2004 Federer was defeated in a first round match. The match itself was not what we are used to see neither the players were at their best. Nevertheless; Murray's game has indeed increased and from the previous three encounters these two players had Murray is 2-1.

On the other hand, we have the American Andy Roddick who is currently world ranking number six and who recently ended his business relationship with long time Coach Jimmy Connors. Roddick easily cruised in to Dubai's quarter finals and just yesterday played world number two Rafa Nadal. His victory of 7-6, 6-2 over the Spaniard showed us a more relaxed and focused Roddick who seems to be enjoying his game more than ever. He also took some free time to visit some of Dubai's landmarks.

The 20-year-old Serbian - Novak Djokovic who was scheduled to first meet Marin Cilic moved to a second round match and played the French Magician Fabrice Santoro for a final score of 6-3, 7-6(3) and the possibility of a third match against Russian Igor Andreev who the Serbian defeated very easily. He now awaits Roddick in what promise to be an extraordinary game.

Two other Spaniard players have also had a good quality journey throughout the tournament. These are top seed number four David Ferrer and unseeded Feliciano Lopez. Against all odds, Lopez managed to breeze through and win over Ferrer who was favourite to move to the next round. It is just amazing how much their game has in common and how strong a player can grow if given the appropriate encouragement.

Lopez then moved to the semi finals and played top seed Russian Davydenko world number five. The Russian who is indeed an intimidated opponent; has over a long period now faced many problems which accuse him of participating in a match-fixing scandal. This situation has indeed distress his play but yet he has something to offer his fellow sport men.

It is clear the city of Dubai will crown a new champion amongst either; Lopez, Djokovic or Roddick. If Djokovic was to win then it will be a guarantee his in on track for a higher ranking position than the one he already has. If Lopez or Roddick were the winners then the sport of tennis will once again show us all there is nothing previously written and there is always a chance predictions can shift at the last minute.

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