Murray beats Youzhny to win Valencia final
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Andy Murray dismissed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 6-3 6-2, in the final of the Valencia Open on Sunday upon his return from a six-week injury break. The British world number four has won six titles so far this year.
AFP - British top seed Andy Murray defeated Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Valencia ATP title and capture his sixth trophy of the season.
The world number four, playing his first tournament following a six-week break to rest a wrist injury, took just 69 minutes to see off the unseeded Russian and wrap-up the 14th title of his career.
Murray broke Youzhny’s serve twice in the 35-minute first set, despite being broken in the seventh game.
In the 34-minute second set, Murray didn’t give Youzhny an opportunity to bounce back as he raced into a 4-0 lead after 18 minutes.
Youzhny, who put out second seeded compatriot Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-finals, was unable to halt the Murray charge as the Scot improved to a 63-9 match record on the season.
"I expected a difficult match," said 22-year-old Murray. "He played very well but I served well and played intelligently."
This year, Murray has also won titles in Doha, Rotterdam, Miami, Queen's Club and Montreal.
He now heads for the Paris Masters before taking part in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
"It was a very, very good week," added Murray. "It is very rare for someone to win a tournament after a long break. I was happy I have come back from the injury well and played better with every match.
"I didn’t have high expectations this week, but with every round and match you get more confident. I felt good with the way I was hitting the ball."