Murray wins Qatar Open
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:12
Murray continued his brilliant start to the season with a 6-4 6-2 victory in 70 minutes against the former world number one.
The British number one had been a doubtful starter with a back injury aggravated during his semi-final win over Roger Federer, but showed no signs of distress with a confident display.
The 21-year-old Scot came into the match with a 5-2 career record over his American opponent and always looked in command.
A stunning backhand lob helped him hold serve and level at 2-2, and he broke to love in the next game, aided by a wild forehand from Roddick and a fortunate mishit.
The remaining five games of the set went with serve, Murray sealing it in style after 33 minutes with an ace.
Roddick held serve at the start of the second set but Murray broke again in the third and fifth games to put the result comprehensively beyond doubt.
It took until the final game of the match for Roddick to force a break point but Murray saved it with another timely ace and soon sealed a deserved win.