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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 October 2007, 16:32 GMT
Murray v Verdasco as it happened
St Petersburg Open final result:

A MURRAY (GB) bt F VERDASCO (Spa) 6-2 6-3

* denotes server

By Paresh Soni

Murray 6-2 6-3 Verdasco
Appropriately enough, another rash of unforced errors hand Murray two match-points. Guess what? One more, final, netted forehand ends Verdasco's torment. Well, that was pretty average stuff to say the least. But does Andy Murray care? Of course not! A good showing in Paris next week and our Andy will be thinking about a trip to China.

Murray 6-2 5-3 Verdasco
Murray's first-serve is only 44% and he is becoming rather casual. But when your opponent is so off-target you can get away with it. Murray closes in on victory.

Murray 6-2 4-3 Verdasco
A delightful whipped forehand followed by backhand from Verdasco show the talent that lies within. But then a horrible thrash into the net and blast over the line show his maddening inconsistency. He follows it with an ace. It's all coming a bit late though to stop Murray's charge to his third ATP title and second of the year, following his triumph in San Jose in February.

Murray 6-2 4-2 Verdasco
I don't know why, but Murray is getting increasingly agitated. Verdasco senses a glimmer of hope but the Scotsman sorts himself out and it's no surprise when his opponent nets for the umpteenth time on his backhand.

Murray 6-2 3-2 Verdasco
Verdasco appears to have relaxed a bit and does manage a couple of tasty forehands but the mistakes are never far away, two more netted shots handing Murray yet another break-point. He saves it with a powerful forehand when Murray loops the ball over invitingly and the Madrid man produces an angry smash, only to net a forehand with the court gaping. Wild and horrid swings from Verdasco hands Murray two more break-points but he somehow survives. Murray mutters a few choice words - this is grim for all of us Andy!

Murray 6-2 3-1 Verdasco
A tale of dropped shots this one. Murray fails with an audacious attempt but Verdasco pulls out two deft efforts to come back from 40-15 to deuce. Murray is long with his forehand to hand the Spaniard his first break-point but an excellent first serve staves off the threat and the Brit then comes up with a quite fantastic cross-court winner to demoralise Verdasco.

Murray 6-2 2-1 Verdasco
The crowd cheer sympathetically when Verdasco unfurls a clever lob en route to ending a sequence of five losing games. The locals want to see a real contest but that looks unlikely unless Murray's standard of play dips dramatically.

Murray 6-2 2-0 Verdasco
Verdasco's forehand has completely gone and Murray is running away with this easily. He's not being made to work that hard, with the blunders coming thick and fast from the man on the other side. These two are 14 places apart in the rankings but it looks about 114 at the moment.

Murray 6-2 1-0 Verdasco
Murray scampers around to good effect and produces some good shots on both sides to create three further break-points. Verdasco has no answer to a tremendous backhand and - tempting fate I know - Murray looks good for a third career title.

Murray 6-2 Verdasco
Murray is starting to enjoy himself now. A delightful drop-shot has the crowd purring but Verdasco gets in one of his rare on-target booming forehands as he saves the first two set points. The Spanish man nets the next one however, and Murray's ace clinches the set in quick time. We think we've cleared up the confusion about where victory will leave Murray - and can confidently say he will be 11th in the ATP Race but only three points off eighth (the final qualifying spot for Shanghai).

Murray 5-2 Verdasco
Murray's plan is quite clear: keep Verdasco on his backhand and hope the mistakes come. Three blundering swings in a row give Murray two more break-points at 15-40 and a wonderful cross-court forehand puts the Scot firmly in the driving seat.

Murray 4-2 Verdasco
This match has yet to hit the heights - more mistakes than magic out there right now, although a sublime lob from Murray stands out as he wins another mixed bag of a game.

Murray 3-2 Verdasco
Verdasco continues to show flashes of talent, while mixing it up with errors. A drilled backhand helps him hold serve this time but the advantage is still with Murray.

Murray 3-1 Verdasco
Murray challenges a line call on his first point and the replay shows the judge was right. When he nets his next shot in anger the pressure's on at 0-30. Some good serving digs him out of the hole and it's all going the Dunblane star's way at the moment.

Murray 2-1 Verdasco
Verdasco's forehand completely goes awry, betraying his nerves, to gift two points to Murray and make it 15-30. Another mistake at 30-30 hands Murray a break-point, which is converted when the Madrid man nets a backhand.

Murray 1-1 Verdasco
No problems for Murray with his opponent's returns well off target. Early days still, but nothing to unduly worry the Brit so far especially if he can maintain a high first-serve percentage.

Murray 0-1 Verdasco
Verdasco gets his forehand going right away to show Murray he means business. A scrappy passage of play follows but the Spaniard does enough to take the opening game.

Hello! Welcome to St Petersburg, via Television Centre, for Andy Murray's fourth final of the year.

Victory would give the Scot his third career singles title and put him right in the mix for one of the last two spots at the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai.

My esteemed colleague Alex Perry has kindly done the maths for me - and it was mind-boggling stuff!

Alex reckons Murray will be up to 11th in the ATP Race if he wins - the top eight play in Shanghai - ahead of the final qualifying event in Paris next week.

His opponent today, Madrid's Fernando Verdasco, has reached three singles finals before, winning his only title in Valencia in 2004. Before his run in Russia, a quarter-final in Las Vegas in February was his previous best this year.



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