Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Murray Saves 7 Match Points In Dubai Win Over Kohlschreiber

Murray Saves 7 Match Points In Dubai Win Over Kohlschreiber

Andy Murray solidified his position at the top of the rankings through a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Fernando Verdasco to win the Dubai Tennis Championships for the first time on Saturday.

In a 31 minute second-set tiebreaker, Murray saved seven match points and finally won a decisive break point to tie the match, which helped him took control of the nearly three hours high-intensity competition.

Saturday's clash is the 67th final of Murray's career.

Victory also takes Murray's head-to-head record against Verdasco to 13-1. The first two match points came on Donskoy's serve in the 10th game of the third set.

The Spaniard said: "I'll just try to recover and be as ready as possible". Pouille has won many big matches, including his win over Rafael Nadal at the US Open a year ago, but what he needs to show is better management of his weaker shot - the backhand. I played a good match today.

"Often when you get through matches like that (quarter-final against Philipp Kohlschreiber when I saved seven match points) it settles you down for the rest of the tournament".

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Verdasco, No. 35 in the world, clinched a place in his first Dubai final.

The world No. 1 answered accelerating his movement, picking up the pace of his shots and blowing right by a fitful Fernando Verdasco. "I'm very happy to do it here for the first time and it's been a good start to the year".

This week, Verdasco had already disposed of No4 seed Gael Monfils and No6 seed Roberto Baustista Agut, and he had held match-points against Novak Djokovic in the semis in Doha.

"It was a really tough match, I needed to be there till the last point", Verdasco said. For a short time, both played lights-out shots at the same time, and one remarkable exchange of forehands, a drop shot from Verdasco, and a pick-up from Murray, and the Spaniard went flying to the court.

"I said yesterday that being in the final of a 500 after five years is a great week for me and I have to take the positive things". The Serb won both past year.

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