Murray makes 14th final out of 16

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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.

Murray said, "It was tough and I made a lot of mistakes. But there was some good stuff in there.

"I think potentially the match yesterday had something to do with that - sometimes if your legs are a little bit tired, the serve is one of the first things that goes. As the match went on, I started serving a bit better and that helped me."

Victory for Murray would extend his lead over Novak Djokovic in the rankings to over 2200 points.

thanks for getting the report up grab.  I think Andy's own comments say it all really.  Far from his best but a few moments of murray magic - diamonds in the dust. 
March 04, 2017, 02:19 PM
By Ruthie

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