World No. 1 Andy Murray bagged his first title of the year with a straight-sets win over Fernando Verdasco in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in United Arab Emirates.
British Murray, runner-up of the 2012 edition of the event, packed the Spaniard 6-3, 6-2 in just one hour and 13 minutes.
Moreover, in doing so Murray became the first British man to win the Dubai Championships in its 25-year course.
The 29-year-old entered the final with a 12-1 record against Verdasco, but the Scot made a slow start in the match. In the first three games which were service breaks as the players sought to find their range in the final, Murray lost first two making four double faults.
However, Murray broke Verdasco, who had the service break in the sixth game and then in the eighth to capture the first set.
Murray continued his wrath in the second set, first breaking Verdasco’s serve in the third game with a forehand winner, and then in the seventh on a third break point.
In an interview to Sky Sports 4, Murray said that it’s always nice to win any tournament, but especially ones you haven’t won before. So obviously he is very happy to do it here [dubai] for the first time. It’s been a good start to the year.
He added that it’s been quite a few late finishes this week and maybe the last couple of matches he didn’t start as well as he would have liked. But it’s been the same for all of the players. It’s been a tricky week with the drizzle and the rain and the matches starting a bit later, but once he got going today he was moving well and he finished strong.