Here's Dubai. Lopez played a great first set, but then it was the Federer Express all the way. I don't have the other ATP notes yet, but Vince Spadea decided it was time to get a title, playing a three set thriller against Kiefer. Well done to him. And Moya won Acapulco, 6-3, 6-0. So I'm pleased about that. :lol: Wonder what happened to Verdasco in that match; sounds like a women's finals score. :lol: Guess we'll find out later. Interesting, as you see below, that Federer isn't expecting to do particularly well in IW, but he has great hopes for Miami. Must like the conditions better in Miami. I'm off to IW soon; see ya when I get back. In the meantime, unlike many tourney websites, the one for Indian Wells is great, with live scores and updates. Check it out at: http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/10/ The women's draw comes out Monday, and the men's on Tuesday. I may have a chance to post those. BTW, here are the folks who got wildcards: Alex Corretja, Thomas Enqvist, Tommy Haas, Marat Safin, Alexandra Stevenson, Iva Majoli, Alex Bogomolov, Tatiana Golovin, Viktoriya Kutuzova, Angela Haynes, Maria Kirilenko, and Sesil Karatancheva of Bulgaria, with two additional women's spots to be determined. RESULTS - SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004 Singles - Final (1) Roger Federer d Feliciano Lopez 46 61 62 Doubles - Final (1) Fabrice Santoro/Mahesh Bhupathi d (2) Leander Paes/Jonas Bjorkman 62 46 64 ATP MEDIA NOTES - SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004 FEDERER IS FIRST TO DEFEND DUBAI TITLE * Top seed and INDESIT ATP 2004 Race leader Roger Federer, is the first to defend the Dubai title. Goran Ivanisevic reached consecutive finals in 1996 and 1997, as did Nicolas Kiefer in 1999 and 2000, but no one has won this event twice, until today. * Lopez, playing in his first ATP final, performed like a man possessed in the first set with a attacking tennis at its best and was rewarded the first set 64. However, Federer showed why he is number one by raising the bar and challenging the Spaniard to keep level in the second and third sets but Lopez found the going tough and lost the next two sets 16 26. * Federer is now 16 wins from seventeen starts for 2004. Although Roger is confident going into Indian Wells, he doesn't expect anything great until he gets to Miami where he feels he's a good chance at winning the Miami title. WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID: Federer: "He definitely played good tennis and it was difficult to comeback against him especially to give him the lead like I did after I got broken in the very first game. I knew right away when I gave him that start it would be difficult. I had many, many chances to come back but I felt it (the match) could swing away so I was happy to change some things in the second set and from then on it went really well. I changed my return, because every time I had break chances on the "ad court" and every time I thought I played a good point but I lost it. So I had to take more risk." "I thought he played unbelievable tennis in the first set and came up with some great shots, big power, great serving and he totally deserved the first set." (How do you rate this win and title?) "Very high! Especially to comeback from a set down and to win, it's very difficult in general in tennis especially in the finals. I thought experience could play a role, and it did a little bit because he probably got a little frustrated. This (title) is very high in my rankings, defending title is something else than winning the first time." Lopez: "Well I'm happy because I had a great week. I was playing so good especially at the beginning of the match. I was close today, I almost beat the best player in the world so I have to be happy." "He (Federer) was returning my serve so good and then he served unbelievable in the second and third sets. He was getting better and better as the match went on but I was getting a little down as the match went on. The thing is, I was playing wonderful tennis in the first set but it's not easy to keep it going." (What did you learn from this experience?) "Many things, I get confidence for the next tournament and then the experience, to play with Roger in a final. We have played three times and he has beaten me three times, I have always played good with him and I have always lost which means he is a very good player, he's the best player. This is a great experience.