Andy Murray hails Roger Federer as the 'fast master' after Dubai loss
Andy Murray commended Roger Federer’s mastery on fast courts after the Scot fell to the five-time champion in straight sets in Saturday night's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship final, saying the Swiss would dominate the Tour for years to come were there more fast-surfaced tournaments on the calendar.
Federer has won four indoor titles – in Basel, Paris, London and Rotterdam – aside from his latest conquest in the Emirates, within the past five months, all of which came on rapid surfaces.
“I think that the indoor season and the surfaces like this one (in Dubai), if there was more tournaments on these courts, I think Federer could definitely be No.1 in the world for the next few years,” said Murray after losing the final in Dubai 7-5, 6-4.
“It really suits his game well. Just so many of the courts are so slow now. It’s nice for us to get a change up like here. Some of the tournaments are so slow it’s tough against so many guys that are moving well and serving big.
“It’s become tougher and tougher to stay at the top of the game longer I think.” Meanwhile Federer called his win over the world No4 “a beautiful victory” as he improved to 7-8 in career meetings with the 24-year-old.
“I struggled more against Murray in the past,” said Federer. “So maybe this victory - I don’t want to say means more to me - but it’s a beautiful victory. “This has been one of the tournaments I had a rocky start to, Dubai,” added the 30-year-old, who lost in the second round on his debut in the UAE before going on to make the final seven times.
“I was criticised for not giving the best effort when I lost to Rainier Schuettler here years ago. That was tough for me because I lost in the second round in singles and doubles.
“So for people to question me was not very nice. Rainier was better in that match. “For me to then come back the following year and win the tournament and win so often now is a beautiful thing. It’s definitely got a special place in my heart, this tournament here.”