Andy Mur­ray de­feats Grigor Dim­itrov to win China Open

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Andy Mur­ray won the China Open in Bei­jing yes­ter­day, de­feat­ing Grigor Dim­itrov 6-4, 7-6 (2), in a hard-fought match that fea­tured plenty of ac­ro­bat­ics from both play­ers.

Play­ing in his ninth fi­nal of the sea­son, the top-seeded Scot broke Dim­itrov in the first game of the first set and again in the fifth game of the sec­ond. Mur­ray looked to have the match in the bag serv­ing at 5-4, but the Bul­gar­ian fi­nally broke his serve, then held his own to force the tiebreaker.

The fi­nals vic­tory was Mur­ray’s first in three at­tempts at the China Open, hav­ing reached the quar­ter­fi­nals on his de­but and the semi­fi­nals in 2014.

Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska had an eas­ier time of it in the women’s fi­nal, hand­ily de­feat­ing Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2.

The third-seeded Pole added to her 2011 vic­tory in the Bei­jing tour­na­ment, notch­ing up her 20th ca­reer ti­tle and third of 2016. She took the vic­tory with­out dropping a set through­out the tour­na­ment.

Rad­wan­ska broke Konta in the third game but then was bro­ken back in the eighth be­fore hold­ing her ser­vice to take the first set.

She es­tab­lished her dom­i­nance in the sec­ond set, break­ing Konta twice be­fore serv­ing out for the win with an ace.

“That was a re­ally spe­cial week for me,” Rad­wan­ska said in post-match com­ments. “I re­ally played great ten­nis, es­pe­cially against top play­ers.”

Rad­wan­ska has now won both of the pair’s en­coun­ters. She sealed the vic­tory with just six un­forced er­rors to Konta’s 29.

The 11th-seeded Konta was mak­ing her first Bei­jing ap­pear­ance and had al­ready as­sured her­self of a place in the next WTA top-10 rank­ings — the first Bri­tish woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984.

“I guess it’s pretty cool. I’m very pleased with my progress over the last few years, and hope­fully, yes, still many more places to climb,” said Konta, who was mak­ing her first ap­pear­ance in Bei­jing. “But as of now I’m re­ally en­joy­ing my jour­ney, I’m re­ally en­joy­ing work­ing hard and re­ally work­ing to­wards play­ing matches like these against play­ers like Ag­nieszka, so hope­fully I’ll have many more in the fu­ture.”

Andy Mur­ray with his tro­phy yes­ter­day Photo: AP

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