The victory over the 26-year-old Matthew Ebden was number 599 for Lleyton Hewitt's career. If Hewitt wins in the second round, he would become the third active ATP player, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, to notch at least 600 victories.
Lindsay Davenport won the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open and 1996 Olympic gold medal to go with three major doubles titles. The American held the world No. 1 ranking for 98 weeks in her career.
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-3, 7-6 (2). The doubleheader at the Garden opened with the Bryan Brothers beating the McEnroe brothers 8-3 in doubles.
Roger Federer won titles at Indian Wells from 2004-2006 and again in 2012 and showed top form in reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and taking his sixth Dubai crown which included beating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and coming from behind to beat Tomas Berdych in the final.
Rohan Bopanna rose from 16th to 12th spot in the doubles rankings while Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri remained at 78 and 146 respectively in the singles rankings.
World number two Novak Djokovic will spearhead the challenge of Dubai. Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonic, Malek Jaziri and Martina Hingis will be his teammates.
Dimitrov, fourth seeded in the tournament, needed two hours and 58 minutes to hold off Anderson and win his first title since Stockholm, last year.
Dominika Cibulkova, runner-up in the Australian Open in January, won her fourth career title and first since Stanford in 2013.
Roger Federer, who maintains a home in Dubai, delighted a packed stadium of fans who seemed biased for the Swiss in back-to-back wins over Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and Berdych.
The second seeded 'Indo-Pak Express' duo beat their top seeded opponents Nestor of Canada and Zimonjic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3 in the summit clash that lasted one hour and eight minutes.
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