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Tennis: Murray wins first title since Wimbledon in China

AFP, Sunday 28 Sep 2014
Andy Murray
Andy Murray of Britain raises his trophy after winning the men's singles final match against Tommy Robredo of Spain at Shenzhen Open Tennis tournament in Shenzhen, Guangdong province September 28, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Andy Murray on Sunday won his first title since his historic Wimbledon victory last year, surviving a scare to beat Tommy Robredo in three sets at the inaugural ATP Shenzhen Open.

Murray, who is currently ranked 11th, overcame the 32-year-old in a tense match in which he saved five match points in the second set tie-break.

The 27-year-old Scot then powered through the third set, losing only one game as he closed in on his first title for 15 months.

The victory boosts his hopes of qualifying for November's ATP World Tour Finals in London, which features the season's top eight players.

Murray has now won the last four of his six meetings against Robredo, which includes a victory over the Spaniard in his march to the 2013 Wimbledon title.

The win moves the Scot closer to Tomas Berdych, who currently occupies the final qualifying place for the London tournament.

Murray is also scheduled to play two further tournaments in China where 1,500 points are available. He is the sixth seed at the China Open this week, which is worth 500 points for the winner, and he will play at the Shanghai Masters, which is worth 1,000 points.

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