Fortunate Federer claims Dubai glory

02 March 2014 07:09:57 EST

Roger Federer has admitted that he was fortunate to beat Tomas Berdych in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

The Swiss star secured the title for a sixth time after beating Berdych 3-6 6-4 6-3 but was far from his best against the battling Czech Republic star.

Federer had to come from a set down to beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and once again started slowly in the final.

Things definitely went my way out here, but it is nice to get a lucky break again.

Roger Federer

After his victory, the 32-year-old said: "I was happy I was able to use momentum, win that second set, and then it was a tough opening period in the third, wasting the 0-40 game on Tomas' first service game. Then saving break points myself. Anything could have happened there.

"Things definitely went my way out here, but I have had a lot tougher matches in the last one-and-a-half years, so this is nice to get a lucky break again."

Federer is 18/1 to win the French Open this year and 5/1 to triumph at Wimbledon. It was the 78th tour-level title of his career but his first for nine months.

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