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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.
It was the second ATP World Tour title of the year for the Swiss, following his third straight Chennai title in January, and his sixth straight victory over fellow 30-year-old Baghdatis.
 
Wawrinka earned 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and 511,750 dollars in prize money. He has a 13-2 match record in 2016.
Baghdatis, appearing in his 13th tour-level final, broke Wawrinka for a 3-2 lead in the first set, but immediately lost his serve to love.
 
At 4-5, Baghdatis battled hard from 0/40, but Wawrinka managed to clinch the 42-minute opener on his fifth set point opportunity.
There were no breaks of serve in the second set, which was decided on a tie-break.
 
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.
The Cypriot takes home 300 points and 240,340 dollars.
 
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.
 
Source: ATP
 
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