Murray survives seven match points in Dubai epic

Lucas Pouille of France returns the ball to Andy Murray of Great Britain during a semi final match of the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai United Arab Emirates Friday

Murray, who lost the Qatar Open final to Novak Djokovic in January, should feel confident of a 45th career title when he faces the unseeded Fernando Verdasco in Saturday's final.

"It was very rewarding to come through a match like that and obviously I'm very pleased to get through it", Murray said as quoted by AFP. Murray remains still a taboo for Pouille, who had lost all the three matches played against Andy in 2016 without winning any set. Shortly after, the world number one went down with shingles, a condition he has now recovered from.

'I think potentially matches yesterday had something to do with that because I think sometimes if your legs are a little bit exhausted, that the serve is one of the first things that goes.

Verdasco booked his place in the last two by beating Holland's Robin Haase in Friday's first semi-final.

"As the match went on, I started serving a bit better and that helped me". But there was some good stuff in there, neither of us served well at the beginning.

Kohlschreiber had already won the quarter-final's first set 7-6, with the tie-break finishing at 7-4.

The three-time Grand Slam victor went on to win 7-5 6-1 to reach his second final in Dubai, having previously lost to Roger Federer in 2012.

Murray broke in the final game to secure the match lead.

Fans booking corporate hospitality for The Championships, Wimbledon may be hoping Murray can now push on to win the tournament, which would be the first this year after a mixed start. "I played nearly a ideal match", Verdasco said.

Verdasco reached the semifinals in Qatar and even had five match points against Djokovic.

The 38-point tiebreaker left Murray, the World No. 1, shaking his head over the quality of the battle.

"I respect him so much, but I will try my 100 per cent to win the tournament".

Verdasco upset sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round and No. 4 Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals.

The Spaniard improved his career record over Haase to 4-3 thanks to Friday's victory which was sealed in two and a quarter hours.



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