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Andy Murray wins his first China Open title

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10-10-2016 13:03 BJT

The China Open top seed Andy Murray took on resurgent Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the final, with the Scot in search of his fifth trophy this season and the 40th title of his career. But it did not come easy against Dimitrov, who looked mighty impressive seeing off Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and with a walkover in the semis because of a Milos Raonic injury, he came in the fresher player. 

Andy Murray of Britain holds up his champion trophy during the awarding ceremony for the men

Andy Murray of Britain holds up his champion trophy during the awarding ceremony for the men's singles final at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 9, 2016. Murray claimed the title of the event after beating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 2-0. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

Murray had not dropped a set in the Chinese capital all week. And the 29-year-old got off to a great start on Sunday night with a beautiful backhand passing shot en route to breaking Dimitrov in the first game.

The Bulgarian got a rare break opportunity of his own in the sixth game when Murray put a bit too much spice on a forehand and sent it wide.

But the world number 20 was unable to convert the break, and when he hits the net, Murray was out of trouble with a 4-2 lead. On set point, Dimitrov returned wide and Murray took it 6-4 as his fans showed their support.

The second stayed on serve until the fifth game when Dimitrov fires a forehand long and Murray picked up a break. But with Murray looking to serve it out, the Bulgarian fought back and broke Murray at love when the Scot sprayed a volley well wide.

It went to a tiebreak that was dominated by the Brit, who had match point. Dimitrov had him on the defensive but sent a shot long and it was all over.

It was a major milestone for Murray—his 40th career title and first in Beijing. And he will be a good bet to follow it up with another victory at the Shanghai Masters this week.

“Obviously, I never expected to win that many tournaments, when you first come on tour, you don’t expect to win one, but as you get older and, you know, experience winning, you want to continue doing that and I’m glad I managed to get to 40. It’s been, you know, the best year in my career and, you know, next target is try to get to 50, which is going to be hard, but I’ll go for it,” Murray said.

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