Baghdatis suffers final agony as Wawrinka takes Dubai title
Stan Wawrinka extended his winning streak in finals to nine matches on Saturday by capturing the Dubai Tennis Championships title against a spirited Marcos Baghdatis.
Second seed Wawrinka defeated Baghdatis 6-4, 7-6(13) in one hour and 54 minutes for his 13th trophy.
Wawrinka earned 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and 511,750 dollars in prize money. He has a 13-2 match record in 2016.
At 4-5, Baghdatis battled hard from 0/40, but Wawrinka managed to clinch the 42-minute opener on his fifth set point opportunity.
Wawrinka took a 4/1 lead, but Baghdatis won five of the next six points. Wawrinka saved five set points at 5/6, 7/8, 8/9, 9/10 and 11/12, while Baghdatis saved three match points at 6/7, 10/11 and 12/13.
World number 57 Baghdatis, who won his last title at 2010 Sydney, is now 4-9 in title matches.
Wawrinka came within two points of losing to Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round, which he won 7-5 in the third set.
He had previously made first-round exits in 2007 and 2008.