By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray won his firsts title of the year - and 45th of his career - with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Spains Fernando Verdasco at the Dubai Championships.

The opening exchanges were dominated by errors. Murray hit two double faults on his way to dropping his opening service game. Verdasco returned the favour, hitting three unforced errors of his own to hand the break back. Murray again struggled to hold serve, and Verdasco clung on to open up a 3-1 lead.

The world number one finally held serve in the fifth game before breaking the Spaniard to level the scores at 3-3. Murray was now playing solid tennis, and the Brit reeled off another three games on the trot to take the first set.

Murray's form continued to improve in the second se...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray made much shorter work of Lucas Pouille in the semi-final of the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships than he did Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarters. The Scot won through 7-5 6-1.

The world number one saved seven match points in a 31-minute tiebreak against the German and he struggled in the first set against the seventh seed, perhaps owing to a slight hangover from those exploits.

The duo broke each other twice before the Scot sealed the first set after 68 minutes with his third break.  The final set was a far more routine affair as Murray set up a bout with Fernando Verdasco in Saturday's final.

Verdasco beat Dutchman Robin Haase 7-6 5-7 6-1. He’ll be facing a man playing his 14th final in his last 16 tournaments.<...
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By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray prevailed in one of the more extraordinary matches of his career in the Dubai quarterfinals, beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(4-7) 7-6(20-18) 6-1.

The second set tiebreak score above is not a typographical error, for Murray did indeed come through it as the victor of its 38th point.

Had that tiebreak been stretched just a point further, it would have been the longest men's tour tiebreak since 1991.

The blood pressure of many of his fans would have been tested to the extreme as Murray ensured a third set by taking his eighth set point of the breaker and facing down seven match points for Kohlschreiber in the process.

The first set went the way of the German after Murray double-faulted in a more run-...
By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray eased into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships by dismantling Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2 6-0.

The Spaniard peaked early by fashioning a break point in the first game of the match, but it was all downhill for him from there as Murray's game roared into life.

From 4-2 up in the first set, Murray did not concede another game as his superior ball-striking did for Garcia-Lopez.

With 59% of his own first serves landing in overall, Murray won 51% of the returns on his opponent's first delivery to clinically best the 97th-ranked Spaniard.

Murray will play Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in Thursday's quarterfinals, having seen potential semifinal opponent Roger Federer fall in a shock defeat to q...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray today wasted little time moving into the last 16 of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The Scot posted a solid 6-4 6-1 victory in the UAE over 51st-ranked Malek Jaziri.

This was the first outing for the world number one since his surprising fourth-round exit to Mischa Zverev in January’s Australian Open.

Murray has since revealed that he contracted shingles on returning from Melbourne, so the bout against the Arab number one might have proved a tougher test than usual.

Murray was tentative in the early stages, but was stung into action when Jaziri broke for 2-1 with a lucky net cord. After the Scot replied in kind, the two men then held comfortably until Jaziri served at 4-5.

The Tunisian netted a b...
By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray was bundled out of the Australian Open in the fourth round via a shock defeat to world number 50 Mischa Zverev, 5-7 7-5 2-6 4-6.

Following Novak Djokovic's second round defeat on Thursday, hopes were high for Murray to win his first Melbourne title in his sixth final, but 2017 will not be the year in which he breaks his Aussie duck.

Zverev piled forward into the net to serve and volley an astonishing number of times - 119 occasions in all.

This unrelenting pressure on the world number one saw the German recover breaks in the first set and snatch it himself, 7-5.

Murray levelled the match by winning the second set, also 7-5, having again been up by and conceding breaks on two occasions.

Zverev, how...
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