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Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2016: ATP Scores and Results from Friday

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 26:  Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in action during his semi final match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day seven of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship at the Dubai Duty Free Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2017

Stan Wawrinka booked his place in the final of the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after Nick Kyrgios retired from their last-four clash on Friday.

The second seed had taken the first set 6-4 and was leading 3-0 in the second when Kyrgios decided to call it a day having had treatment on his back.

Sixth seed Felciano Lopez lost to Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1 in the second semi-final.

Here are the full results:

Dubai Duty Free Results: Semi-Finals
ResultScore
(2) Stan Wawrinka bt. Nick Kyrgios6-4, 3-0 (ret.)
Marcos Baghdatis bt. (6) Feliciano Lopez3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1
atpworldtour.com

 

Recap

It was the first meeting between Wawrinka and Kyrgios since their infamous clash last August, when the Australian made some crude comments about the two-time Grand Slam winner's girlfriend, Donna Vekic, per Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo Sports).

The pair exchanged opening service games in the first set before the Swiss star kicked on. He broke twice in quick succession to take a 4-1 lead with Kyrgios looking somewhat unmotivated, per Live Tennis:

However, the world No. 33 belied his negative body language to haul himself back to 4-4, taking a medical timeout for back treatment before breaking Wawrinka form 40-0 down to regain parity.

Kyrgios could not keep the momentum going and was broken again for 5-4 before Wawrinka served out the set.

TennisTV provided the full statistics from the opener:

An early break for the world No. 4 in the second set gave him a 1-0 lead, and he quickly extended the advantage to 3-0 before Kyrgios retired.

Per the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg, it was a somewhat disappointing end to an eagerly anticipated clash:

Wawrinka will undoubtedly be the favourite to now triumph in Saturday's final against Baghdatis.  

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