Roger Federer and Andre Agassi were the leading stars of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2005, entering the draw as the 1st and 4th seeds and battling in the semi-final. After winning the title in Doha and reaching the semi-final at the Australian Open, world no.
1 Roger Federer conquered Rotterdam and traveled to Dubai straight away, struggling to find the rhythm in the opening matches against Ivo Minar and Juan Carlos Ferrero who had two match points against the Swiss star. Nonetheless, Roger went all the way to defend the title he won a year ago, beating Ivan Ljubicic in three sets.
In the semis, Federer toppled Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1, a couple of days after they had a chance to hit on a slightly different tennis court placed on the helipad of the super luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel, more than 200 meters above the sea level!
Roger and Andre enjoyed in a friendly hitting on a grass court for 20 minutes and they even fired some balls from the edge of this fantastic landscape. Seven years later, Roger had the opportunity to do the same against Novak Djokovic.
"This was an absolutely amazing experience," Agassi said. "When you first get over how high you are and start playing, it's an absolute joy and it was a great time. I had no issues with the height as long as I didn't have to bungee jump off the side."
"The view is absolutely amazing here, and it was very different when I was asked to do this as I didn't know what to expect," Federer said. "I have been in Dubai many times and have stayed at Burj Al Arab before, but this was an absolute treat.
To play tennis with Andre on top of such an amazing hotel and overlooking the whole of Dubai was absolutely spectacular."