Mur­ray claims China Open crown

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ANDY MUR­RAY held off a spir­ited fight­back from Grigor Dim­itrov to win the China Open fi­nal in straight sets 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

World num­ber two Mur­ray rounded off a per­fect tour­na­ment by win­ning the ti­tle with­out dropping a sin­gle set.

The vic­tory marked the Scot’s fifth sin­gles ti­tle of 2016 and the 40th of his ca­reer, but the Bul­gar­ian didn’t give him an easy ride.

Mur­ray is aim­ing to over­take No­vak Djokovic as the num­ber one male ten­nis player in the world af­ter win­ning sin­gles ti­tles in Rome, Queen’s, Wim­ble­don and the OIympics this year.

The vic­tory over Dim­itrov - who is resur­gent un­der Mur­ray’s for­mer men­tor Dani Val­lverdu - took his record to an im­pres­sive 59-9 for the sea­son.

In the open­ing set, Mur­ray cap­i­talised on a poor start from Dim­itrov to go a break up early on and, with Dim­itrov mak­ing 21 un­forced er­rors in the first set, the Scot went on to take it 6-4.

The top seed for the tour­na­ment, Mur­ray, went 3-2 up in the sec­ond thanks to a break and with him serv­ing for the cham­pi­onship at 5-4; it seemed he had ev­ery­thing un­der con­trol.

How­ever, from nowhere Dim­itrov broke Mur­ray to love and took the set to a tie-break.

Mur­ray wasn’t to be beaten, though, as he steam­rolled to vic­tory in the tiebreak, tak­ing it 7-2 to win in one hour and 57 min­utes. — Sport24

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