Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Murray beats Verdasco to win first Dubai Tennis Championships title

Murray beats Verdasco to win first Dubai Tennis Championships title

Andy Murray saved seven match points in the quarter-finals as the top seed of Dubai Championships finally won the dramatic victory 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (20-18), 6-1 over German Philipp Kohlschreibe on Thursday. He's got one of the best forehands, but I tried to move him around the court as much as I could.

Dubai was the first tournament Murray's played since he lost in the Australian Open fourth round.

Saturday was also his seventh final in his last eight tournaments.

The ATP Tour moves to United States of America next week, for tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, in which the Scot is defending few points and can strengthen his position as world No1. Thanks to this win Murray earns 500 points and has now 2,215 points more than the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. This week he's had some good wins.

In an on-court interview broadcast on Sky Sports following his success in Dubai, Murray said: "I struggled in Indian Wells and Miami previous year, didn't play so well, but this week has given me great momentum going into that stretch and hopefully I can do well there".

"I have to get there and adjust to that". "I think you should really have to work your way back", Murray said.

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And after an unforced error from his opponent, Murray wrapped the game up in fine style with an unreturnable serve, delighted to have come through a tough workout throughout the tournament. I'll arrive on Sunday, which is a good thing. "I've never played a tie-break like that ever, not in juniors, nothing has been close to that", he said.

This match was Pouille's first against a No. 1, and his lack of big-match experience showed in the second set.

He was playing in his second final of 2017 after losing to Djokovic in nearby Doha during the opening week of the season in January. Murray eventually clinched the first set by comfortably holding his serve in the ninth game.

Despite his defeat, Verdasco will return to the top 30 for the first time since April 2015 thanks to his run to the final.

"Obviously he doesn't have many weaknesses because he's No 1 in the world". Shortly after, the world number one went down with shingles, a condition he has now recovered from. It was obviously a really hard final to win, but I came trying everything and giving everything.

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