The first edition of the tournament was played in 1993 and over the years it has consistently attracted many illustrious players to compete annually. The tournament has also won the ATP World Tour 500 Award ten times in eleven years.
"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 Love-40 game on Tomas' first service game. Then saving break points myself. Anything could have happened there,” Federer said reflecting on the match.
"Things definitely went my way out here tonight, 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,” he continued.
Berdych had headed into the final with an 11-match winning streak after he had won his ninth ATP World Tour title two weeks ago in Rotterdam. But the disappointed 28-year-old said: "I would say many things [went wrong]. The match started pretty well. I had really many chances, and then I basically just gave him the game and that's it.”
"It's very disappointing for me the way I handled that situation. I was in the better shape and playing really well and made my chances, but unfortunately I didn't execute it in the end,” he continued.
"I'm quite good in that 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."
Tomas Berdych (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
It was the sixth time Federer had won the title, with his most recent triumph coming in 2012. In the tournament last year, Czech Republic’s Berdych knocked out the former World No. 1 in the semis, however Federer avenged that result in the 2014 final.
Both players struggled to hold serve in the opening games of the match, but it was the higher ranked Berdych who gained the crucial break in the sixth game, to ultimately take the first set 6-3. The World No. 5 looked to be on his way to a straight sets victory, and his second ATP World Tour title in three weeks when he stole another early break in the second to lead 3-2 after Federer sent a forehand wide.
But the Swiss great refused to let the game slip away, and with the help of a few errors off the Berdych racquet, Federer immediately stole the break back in the subsequent game. The fourth seed gained all of the momentum as he marched through the second set breaking Berdych to love in the tenth game to level the match at one set all.
Both Federer and Berdych had the opportunity to go up an early break in the deciding set, but each failed to capitalise in the early stages. It was Federer who finally obtained it when Berdych’s forehand landed long and the former World No. 1 eventually prevailed 6-3 in the third.
Roger Federer (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
The win marked Federer sixth title in Dubai but his 78th tour-level title of his career, making the 32-year-old third in the all-time title leaders list. He received 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $465, 830, which saw him exceed $80million in career earnings.
Federer is expected to return to defend his title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in 2015, as he will potentially battle for his seventh title at the tournament.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will take place between 23 February – 2 March 2015.