Andy Murray Beats Fernando Verdasco in Dubai

Andy Murray beat Spaniard Verdasco in three sets today to move into the quarter finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship where he will now face Russian Davydenko. Murray eventually winning 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) after tough contest where he looked second best for much of the game.

The first set went with the form book, Murray winning without producing anywhere near his best tennis. He broke in the sixth game of set after he had saved a break point in his previous service game. He went on to save a few more break points in the set and eventually winning out 6-3 in 39 minutes.

A refreshed Verdasco entered the second set and he raced to 3-0 lead without much defence from Murray. Murray’s game of waiting for a mistakes from his opponent rather than being the aggressor was not working as Verdasco hit a serious of forehand winners. Things looked up for Murray when he broke back in the seventh game to make 3-4 to Verdasco, but the Scot was not on top of his game and was broke again immediately in the next game. Verdasco then went on to serve out the second set to even iy up at 1 set a piece.

Third set started with Verdasco looking the more likely to win, but Murray began to play himself into some sort of form and after holding his serve to love in the 5th game he then turned up the heat by breaking in the 6th game to take a 4-2 lead, though just as Murray had done to Verdasco in the second set, the Spaniard broke back straight away to even things up at 4-4.

Murray then faced a real test of his bottle when at 5-5 he offered a break point and virual match to the Spaniard. He proved his new mental toughness though and manged to hold to the set winning the next three points to take a 6-5 lead. In the final game before the tie break with Verdasco 40-0 up, Murray found some returns to pull it back to deuce and only two points away from winning. Verdasco proved he was just as tough holding on and taking it to a tie break.

Murray Races to a 3-0 lead in the breaker with two mini breaks, Verdasco pulls one back on the Murray serve to make it 4-1, before again giving it one back to Murray on his next two serves. Making it 5-2 with Murray serving. The first of those serves Murray puts away bringing up 4 set points at 6-3. Verdasco amazingly saves three of them, 1 on the Murray serve. Then at 6-5 with Murray serving a tense 34 stroke rally eventually sees Verdasco produce a final unforced error for Murray to make it 3 wins to love against the world number 30, Fernando Verdasco.