By Jake Davies

  • Andy Murray [1] defeats David Ferrer [5] 6-2 6-3
  • The win extended the Brit’s head-to-head advantage over the Spaniard to 13-6
  • Sunday’s final against Grigor Dimitrov will be Murray’s first at the China Open
BEIJING, CHINA – Andy Murray produced an excellent performance to beat David Ferrer in straight sets in the China Open semi-final and reach the final for the first time.

 

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Andy Murray [1] defeats David Ferrer [5] 6-2 6-3

World No.2 Murray took care of business in sublime fashion as he beat Ferrer in a comfortable outing in straight sets. It was a totally dominant performance from the Brit who progresses to his first-ever final in Beijing and ticks off another admirable accomplishment in his already decorated career.

Murray found himself a break down at the beginning of the duel with Ferrer but steadied himself to win five games in a row, taking the first set 6-2. As the match unraveled, it became apparent that the world number two’s ability to change tactic and change from offence to defence became way too much for the Spaniard to handle.

Ferrer is one of the greatest defensive scramblers on the tour. He operates tirelessly from the back of the court, but Murray has the additional advantage of changing defence to offence, which the Spaniard does not do as well as the three-time Grand Slam champion.

Ferrer had lost six matches in a row to Murray before this encounter and it showed in today’s emphatic display as the Scot dismantled him for the loss of just five games.

 

Andy Murray [1] vs Grigor Dimitrov H2H: Murray leads 7-3

Grigor Dimitrov has tasted sweet victory over Murray in 2016 and will draw upon that performance in order to give the Brit a run for his money in the China Open final. Dimitrov has had his considerable struggles in recent years since his 2014 Wimbledon semi-final, but he has responded positively with promising performances at the US Open and now in Beijing.

In this year’s US Open, Dimitrov was hammered by the World No.2 and won just five games in a Best of 5 match – one of the most one-sided grand slam matches of the year.

A loss like that can take a while to recover from, but the Bulgarian reflected on just how good Murray was in that particular match in Flushing Meadows.

Dimitrov has lost and won some close matches against the Brit, so both will be prepared for a tough, gruelling battle tomorrow. Murray has had the superior year and can really expose the fragility of a one-handed backhand, so I can only see the Brit winning his first China Open at the third time of asking.

Prediction: Murray in two sets

 

The China Open final is due to begin at 12.30pm UK time on Sunday.

 

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