Written by Staff Writer
10 Oct, 2016 | 11:00 am
Andy Murray claimed the 40th singles title of his career and fifth of the year by beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the final of the China Open in Beijing.
World number two Murray was seriously tested by his Bulgarian opponent but the Scot ended a near-faultless week in Beijing with the main prize.
Murray is hoping to replace Novak Djokovic as the world’s No 1-ranked player and his victory in China closes his deficit to the Serb by 500 points to 4,195.
Murray got off to a fine start by breaking the Bulgarian’s serve in the opening game of the match before holding his own.
In game seven Murray had two chances to gain another break and, though Dimitrov held on to narrow the gap to 4-3, Murray closed out the set 6-4, despite landing only 29% of his first serves. That gradually improved in the second set to a final figure of 49%, Murray winning 73% of those points.
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