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Britain’s Andy Murray Wins Thailand Open



Britain's Andy Murray hammered Donald Young of America 6-2, 6-0


CHIANGRAI TIMES – Britain’s Andy Murray hammered Donald Young of America 6-2, 6-0 in an awesome show of power on Sunday to win the ATP Thailand open, his third title of the season.

The top-seeded Scot, 24, crushed any faint hopes of first-time finalist Young, ranked 55th, with a dominating performance, romping to victory in just 47 minutes.

“I barely made any errors. I was able to take all of my opportunities. It was a great match for me,” said Murray, who lost the first final he played in Bangkok in 2005 when he went down to Roger Federer.

This time Murray himself used all his experience against Young, who will still rise to a career-best placing inside the Top 50 in Monday’s rankings despite his resounding defeat.

“I played very well today, by far my best match of the tournament,” said Murray, winner of 19 career titles.

“I made it difficult for him to do anything. He picked up a bit in the middle of the first set but by the second I was in control,” he said.

The win was the second in a month for Murray against Young after victory against him at the US Open. That win followed a shock defeat for Murray at the hands of the American in Indian Wells earlier this year.

Young, 22, admitted he had been well beaten by an in-form Murray.

“This was my first final, I wasn’t nervous, but he just took me out of my game. I still can’t be disappointed about the week, getting to the top 50 has been one of my goals. He played very well and I couldn’t do much.”

Murray now travels to Tokyo to play in a field featuring Rafael Nadal. He said that despite his success this week, nothing is guaranteed on court.

“It’s a big change of surface and Tokyo’s not that close,” he said, referring to jet lag. “I may have to be realistic in my expectations a bit.

“But this was a great week for me and it helps to begin the Asian swing like this.”

Top seeds Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi won their first title in their partnership debut, eking out a tight victory over unseeded Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Waske 7-6(4), 7-6(5) at the PTT Thailand Open 2011.

The Austrian-Pakistani duo lost just one set (to Murray/Sa in the quarter-finals) en route to their title.
The final’s first set saw an exchange of breaks before the top-seeded pair won the tie-breaker 7-6(4). In the final stanza, the Germans survived a match point in the ninth game to force another decider. Marach and Qureshi rode on a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak to seal the match 7-6(5).
This was the third career title for Qureshi and the eleventh for Marach.
“I feel very excited and great. Oliver is a great player. He’s been in the Top Ten for so many years. It’s my pleasure playing with him this week. I love coming back to Thailand, where I won Futures and Challengers also. On behalf of myself and the Pakistanis at home, we all support the flood victims because Pakistan has been hit by floods as well as Thailand. I wish all the Thai people and the country all the patience and courage to overcome the natural disaster,” said Qureshi
“It was a very exciting final. It could go either way. I had a great week playing with Aisam here and hope we can play again somewhere else. It was the first time for me here and I hope to come back next year,” said Marach.

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