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Wawrinka claims Dubai title

Stan Wawrinka (AFP)
Stan Wawrinka (AFP)

Dubai - Stan Wawrinka won his ninth straight final with a 6-4, 7-6 (15/13) defeat of Marcos Baghdatis to earn the Dubai Tennis Championship trophy on Saturday.

The French Open champion from Switzerland claimed the 13th title of his career and second of the season after Chennai, improving to 13-2 in 2016.

The match lasted for almost two hours, with Wawrinka saving five set points and winning when a Baghdatis return went wide on a fourth match point.

The 30-year-old came to the emirate as second seed having not played the tournament in eight years and without a match win until getting through the first round.

Wawrinka, the world number four, lost his last final in June, 2013 at the grasscourt event at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

Baghdatis now stands 0-5 in finals since winning his last title at Sydney in 2010.

He has now lost six times to Wawrinka without a victory in the series.

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