March 2nd, 2014

Tomas Berdych, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Instinct, played his second straight Dubai final, coming into the contest with an 11-match win streak. The Rotterdam champion of two weeks ago got off to a winning start as he took the first set before Roger Federer rallied to prevail 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a thriller. "The match started pretty well and I had really many chances," said the Czech, „but unfortunately I didn't execute it in the end."

But the optimistic HEAD player is already looking ahead to Indian Wells starting this week in California. " I don't keep the losses in my head for a long time. I will definitely try to learn from the mistakes in the second set. I will just try to take positives from that and just leave all the negatives behind."

In the men's doubles in the Emirate, HEAD's Nenad Zimonjic, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Speed played the final alongside partner Daniel Nestor, with the top-seeded team going down to Rohan Bopanna of India and Pakistan's Asiam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 4-6, 4-6.

In Acapulco at the joint ATP-WTA event, Christina McHale, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Radical, came up short in the first final of her career, but put in a good showing to take a set off of Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 4-6 result. "Dominika played really well today - I was just trying to stay with her. But hopefully there will be more finals to come for me," said the American finalist who stood 70th before the biggest week of her career.

On the men's side, Andy Murray reached his first semi-final since Wimbledon last summer as the Scot continues to make progress in his long-term return from autumn hip surgery. Murray heads to California after putting up a fight against Grigor Dimitrov but going down
6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(3). In the quarter-finals, Murray, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Radical broke three times in a late-night match which did not end until after 2 a.m. and went for nearly three hours, defeating fellow Racquet Rebel Gilles Simon of France (HEAD IG Prestige) 6-1, 6-7, 2-6.

At the ATP event in Sao Paolo, Brazil, HEAD's Tommy Haas, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Prestige, put in a good week before a shoulder problem forced him to withdraw trailing 6-3, 3-2 from his quarter-final against fellow HEAD player Paolo Lorenzi of Italy.

Lorenzi, 32 and ranked 114, advanced to face eventual champion Federico Delbonis, with the Italian winning the opening set before a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 defeat. Lorenzi, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Prestige had been hoping to become the oldest first-time winner since 2005 on the ATP in his first career final. "I loved the entire week here. For me, it felt like my home," said Lorenzi.

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