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Murray, Golubev to meet in St. Petersburg final

ST. PETERSBURG: Top seed Andy Murray will defend his St Petersburg Open title against surprise finalist Andrey Golubev after thrashing Fernando Verdasco 6-0 6-3 in the semi-finals on Saturday (October 24). The 150th-ranked Kazakh qualifier Golubev, who upset former world number one Marat Safin in round two, crushed Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-0 in 54...

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 25, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 25, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago

ST. PETERSBURG: Top seed Andy Murray will defend his St Petersburg Open title
against surprise finalist Andrey Golubev after thrashing Fernando Verdasco 6-0
6-3 in the semi-finals on Saturday (October 24).
The 150th-ranked Kazakh qualifier Golubev, who upset former world
number one Marat Safin in round two, crushed Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-0
in 54 minutes to reach Sunday's final.
Briton Murray, who overwhelmed Verdasco in last year's final to win
the $1 million tournament on his debut appearance in Russia's second city, was
just as dominant on Saturday as he took his tally against the Spaniard to four
wins out of four.
The Briton breezed through the opening set in 25 minutes before the
third seed put up some resistance early in the second.
But the world number four, on course for his fifth title of the year
and his second in two weeks after clinching the Madrid Masters last Sunday,
earned a decisive break in the eighth game and went on to secure victory in
just over an hour.
But he is not underestimating his opponent in the final, saying:
“He played great today, and obviously won against Safin. I think he was
born in Russia and spent quite a lot of time here when he was younger, so
he'll be up for the match. I'm definitely the favourite but I'm going to have
to play well to win.”
Golubev, who has played mainly on the Challenger circuit and had won
only three ATP matches in his career until this week, said he was looking
forward to facing Murray in his first big final.
“He's number four and won the Madrid tournament and he's playing
very well this week, and I'm also playing very well, so I think it will be a
nice match,” the 21-year-old, who was born and raised in Russia before
switching his alliance to Kazakhstan last year, said.

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