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When Andy Murray stunned Roger Federer in a blockbuster Dubai R1

Tennis - Dubai had a rock-solid field in 2008, with two players from the top-11 facing in the first round!

Roger Federer was the dominant figure in men’s tennis between 2004-2007, winning an incredible 42 ATP titles and losing just 24 matches! The Swiss started losing ground in 2008, though, pushed to the limits by the new generation led by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray and finally losing world no.



1 position in August after four and a half years. Novak Djokovic dethroned him a the Australian Open. A few weeks later, Andy Murray did that in Dubai, beating Roger 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 55 minutes in a very unusual first-round encounter!

Namely, Andy was ranked 11th, which shows how strong Dubai was that year, unable to earn the seeded spot despite standing just outside the top-10! It was their third meeting and the second win for the 20-year-old Briton, who never faced a break chance in the entire encounter, sticking to his plan and overpowering Roger in the crucial moments.

The Swiss fought well in the first set after coming from 5-2 down in the tie break. Still, he could not stay on the same level with his rival in the following two, losing serve once in each to hit the exit door at the event where he won four titles in the last five years.

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