Andy Murray successfully defended his Qatar Open title 6-4 6-2 against big serving American Andy Roddick in Doha.
Murray was in sublime form and gets the Scot of to a 100% record for 2009 adding to his 3 exhibition wins last in Abu Dhabi.
There had been some fears before the game that Murray would have to pull out of the match because of the back problem that seen Murray need treatment in his semi-final win against Roger Federer.
Murray, who is still only 21 looked focused from the start and broke Roddick to love in the fifth game to go 3-2 which allowed him to take control of the match, he served out the set 6-4 with an impressive show on first serves, perhaps Murray’s most improved shot over the last year. Murray took control of the second as he did in the first with and early break, Roddick, who had only beaten Murray twice in their seven meetings before this game, struggled to hold serve and he was broken a second time by Murray and the Scot went on to win the set easily 6-2.
After the win, Murray said,
What excites me is that I don’t think I’m close to my best tennis, I still think I can play better and improve things. As in the last two sets against Federer I served very well. In one of the games Andy had a chance to break me, but when I got behind I served very well. On the big points I didn’t give him too many chances to hit winners and when that happens it makes life easier. The semi-final and final matches were very good against two top players so I am very pleased. It is great to start the season with a title.