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Dubai Open: Andy Murray to take on resurgent Fernando Verdasco in title clash

The final of the Dubai Open is shaping up to be an exciting contest between two of the hardest-hitting players on  ATP Tour. World number one Andy Murray and Spain's Fernando Verdasco will meet in the summit clash of Dubai Open after winning their respective semi-finals in impressive fashion.

 

Britain's Andy Murray bounced back in style after a disappointing campaign at the Australian Open, he built considerable momentum in the early stages of the tournament, losing only seven games in the first two rounds. In the quarter-final, Murray faced a stiff competition from the seasoned Phillip Kohlschreiber. After losing the first set tie-breaker, Murray rallied to win the second set in another breaker and imposed his superior conditioning and movement to win the final set six games to one. The semi-final against Frenchman Lucas Pouille was a tense affair initially, but Murray pulled through comfortably, in the end, winning 7-5, 6-1.

 

Whereas, Spain's Fernando Verdasco was the beneficiary of two byes in the first two rounds that gave him a substantial edge in his subsequent matches against Bautista-Agut and Gael Monfils. Verdasco used his clean hitting and big-serving to overcome marathon-man Robin Haase in three close sets to set up the final showdown against the world number one.

 

The Spaniard will be the fresher of the two and will hope to use that to his advantage in the final, but Murray's recent form makes him an obvious favourite for the match. 

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