Kooyong Classic: Murray beats Safin

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Britain's Andy Murray beat Marat Safin of Russia in straight sets 7-6. 7-2 to win the third place match at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Saturday.

Kooyong Classic: Murray beats Safin
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Britain's Andy Murray beat Marat Safin of Russia in straight sets 7-6. 7-2 to win the third place match at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Saturday. Temperatures in Melbourne were fairly mild but there was a dangerous swirling wind that caused problems for both competitors in the early stages. But Safin managed to cope better with the wind at first and got the first break to go two-love ahead, before holding his serve again to take a two-love lead.   Murray found his form however and managed to break back to trail 2-3. The following games all went to serve, which meant the set went to a tie-break. Confident play Murray, who is seeded 15th for the Australian Open that begins next week, was in a confident frame of mind and began to dominate. He took a 4-2 lead, and soon went to 6-2 ahead, with four set points. The Britain player only needed one of those however, winning the tie-break on Safin's serve. He broke serve in the fourth game of the second set to go 3-1 up and from then on his opponent was effectively out of the game. He went on to take the second set 6-2 - in just 25 minutes, compared to 56 minutes for the first set. Safin was clearly upset by the umpire over-ruling the linesman in the final point of the match, that gave Murray the win.

Topics : Tennis Andy Murray
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