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Last Updated: Monday February 20 2006 17:58 GMT

Ace Murray wins first tournament

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray
Scottish ace Andy Murray has won his first big tournament, beating Lleyton Hewitt at the San Jose Open.

The 18-year-old defeated the former world number one 2-6 6-1 7-6, just a day after beating another big-name player - US star Andy Roddick.

The win takes Murray to 47 in the world rankings, only seven places behind current British number one Tim Henman.

After the win Murray admitted the week had been "perfect" adding it had been the "best week of my life".

The Scot sealed the win with his third match point, and headed straight into the crowd to see his girlfriend Kim, with him at a tournament for the first time.

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray and girlfriend
Andy Murray celebrated his victory with his girlfriend Kim
Hewitt is the current world number 10, while Roddick is ranked the third best player in the world.

But Murray was close to going out earlier in the tournament before recovering from a set and a break down to defeat world number 87 Robin Soderling.

Having won his first tournament, Murray is now eyeing up more victories, saying: "I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks. I know now I have a good chance of winning against (the elite players)."



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