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Murray to play Verdasco in Dubai final
March 3, 2017 / 6:42 PM / 9 months ago

Murray to play Verdasco in Dubai final

(Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray overpowered Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-1 on Friday to reach the Dubai Championships final in which he will play Fernando Verdasco.

Tennis - Dubai Open - Men's Singles - Andy Murray of Great Britain v Lucas Pouille of France - Dubai, UAE - 03/03/2017 - Andy Murray in action. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Briton Murray lost his serve twice to Pouille in the opening set but the top seed broke the seventh-seeded Frenchman for the third time to take it.

Murray, who played a marathon 31-minute tiebreak in his quarter-final win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber, breezed through the second set to reach his second final in Dubai.

Spaniard Verdasco, 33, beat Dutchman Robin Haase 7-6(5) 5-7 6-1 in a clash between two unseeded players to advance to Saturday’s final.

Writing by Ed Osmond in London; editing by Ken Ferris

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