World number 1 and Britain’s top player, Andy Murray won his first ever Dubai Open Tennis Championship, defeating Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 in a one sided match. Andy was in fine form and was in control from the start, he broke serve and won around eighty percent of his first serve points.
The Scot won his 45th title but started off with double faults which gave Verdasco a break but quickly regained form and took three break points. His serve was causing issues and gave Verdasco a lot of opportunities which he couldn’t avail. In my opinion, the match became one sided when Murray finally held serve in game five and won it from 0-40, and started to put Verdasco in a lot of pressure in the second set.
Verdasco made a lot of unforced errors and you can ask even Roger, when that starts to happen it’s hard to regain momentum, in a fast paced hard court like Dubai. Verdasco’s dream of winning was crushed in the seventh game with another unforced error gifted the scot maestro a 5-2 advantage to serve for the title and mind you he sure did take it with a dominant serve. I have never been a huge fan of Andy, he has never been a player who I would rate above Djokovic, Nadal or Roger but now I finally see him grabbing that brass ring and claiming the tennis world by storm.
Being Number 1 in the world means you are the best player and I think he is proving his worth now, after the match Murray talked to the media and said that it’s great to win tournaments, especially the ones you haven’t won before. This is a good start for the scot as he was on a bad form especially in Australia, looking out of sorts but this wasn’t an easy tournament for Andy, he had a thrilling match with Phillip Kohlschreiber, coming back and saving a seven match point.
These late finishes, made it a difficult week for Murray but as all champions he improved with what he had and took all the chances he got by closing the tournament on a high and now looks strong for the remaining tournaments before the big one in France. The Dubai Open is jammed between the Aussie Open and the tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami and is considered the road towards the French Open. It’s ranked as an important event of the ATP 500 series for men and women. It’s in a way a launching pad for players to boost momentum and that’s why I believe Murray is on his way up. Different tournaments have different surfaces, if you want to construct your own tennis court surface then why not talk to Talbot Tennis.