Murray breezes past off-colour Verdasco to claim Dubai title

Posted March 05, 2017

Top seed Andy Murray is through to the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships following a straight sets victory over Frenchman Lucas Pouille. In addition, Spanish player Verdasco will face Dutchman Robin Haase in the other semifinal. "I think potentially matches yesterday had something to do with that, because I think sometimes, if your legs are a little bit exhausted, that the serve is one of the first things that goes".

The Spaniard said: "I'll just try to recover and be as ready as possible".

Trailing by a set, Murray held on in an epic second set, saving seven match points to win the tie break 20-18.

Murray's serve continued to falter in game three, where another double fault presented two more break points to Verdasco.

"Losing is always disappointing, but I'm not sad", he said.

"It's nice to win and I played much better as the match went on", Murray said on ATP Tour website. "It's well-deserved, he's a great fighter, he never gave up". Zapping a serve victor out wide, Murray made history as the first British champion in Dubai tournament history.

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His only disappointment came in January at the Australian Open - a tournament he entered as the overwhelming favourite only to suffer a shock defeat in the fourth round to German journeyman Mischa Zverev.

"He's number one in the world right now".

However, it is not just Murray who has had mixed fortunes.

Djokovic, who was beaten by Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the Mexican Open quarter-finals earlier this week, is the defending champion at Indian Wells.

World No 1 Andy Murray could be on his way to clinching his maiden tennis crown of the calendar year 2017, if he manages to keep Fernando Verdasco at bay. The erratic Aussie was on top form with a brilliant serving display to win the first ever meeting between the two 7-6, 7-5.

As many saw in Acapulco this week, where Nick Kyrgios beat the World No.2 Novak Djokovic, the new generation of players have to generate a flawless serving display to beat the top guns, particularly Murray and Djokovic who have the two best returns on tour.