Tennis - Dubai Open - Men's Singles - Final- Andy Murray of Britain v Fernando Verdasco of Spain - Dubai, UAE - 04/03/2017- Andy Murray poses with his trophy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Andy Murray captured his first title of the year and became the first British man to win the Dubai Tennis Championships in its 25-year history when he defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.This was Murray's seventh final in his last eight tournaments, and 14th in his last 16 dating to last May in Madrid.Murray broke Verdasco's serve twice in the second set, in the third game with a forehand winner, and in the seventh on a third break point.The 35th-ranked Verdasco, a former top-10 player, has never beaten a No. 1-ranked player in 12 career attempts.
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