Daniil Medvedev defeated Andy Murray in straight sets in the Qatar Open final, ending his quest for his first ATP Tour victory in more than three years.
The 35-year-old British player, whose last victory came at the 2019 European Open, was defeated by the third-seeded Russian 6-4, 6-4.
After winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday, Medvedev won this match for the second time in less than a week.
Murray has won four three-set matches and fended off eight match points his route to the championship.
After saving five of those match points in Friday’s semifinal match against Jiri Lehecka, Murray struggled to get going on Saturday as Medvedev quickly built a 4-1 lead and secured an early double break.
At 4-2, the Scot returned from a break to retain serve, but Russian Medvedev finished the set without further incident.
In the second set, Murray got off to a similarly shaky start by dropping his first serve game. However, the three-time Grand Slam champion came back from a 40-15 deficit to tie the match at 3-3 with an outstanding backhand.
But, Murray’s unforced errors allowed Medvedev to break once again at 5-4 and serve for the championship.
The world number eight double-failed on his first match point with the score at 40-30, but on his second effort, he defeated Murray with an exquisite lob.
“Daniil is a fantastic athlete. He is one of the top players on the tour and one of my favorite players to watch, according to Murray.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t end the as I had hoped, but I played in some incredible matches and had some wonderful experiences.
“I am proud of my week and the work my team and I put in to get me back here,” the speaker said.
It is the 2021 US Open winner Medvedev’s 17th career triumph, and he has now defeated Murray in all three of their encounters.
He declared, “This was a big fight.”
We occasionally both played poorly, but then all of a sudden, we both played brilliantly, and I am pleased to have won.
Krejcikova defeats Swiatek to win the Dubai championship
Czech On Saturday, Barbora Krejcikova won the Dubai WTA title by defeating Iga Swiatek, who was ranked first in the world.
In the championship match, the 2021 French Open victor defeated Swiatek of Poland 6-4, 6-2.
Krejcikova upset world number three Jessica Pegula in the semifinals before defeating second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion, on the way to winning her sixth career title.
The 27-year-old is only the fifth woman to defeat the top three in the world at the same event, and she will move up from 30th to 16th when the rankings are updated on Monday.
It’s a significant accomplishment, Krejcikova stated.
“I was enjoying every match, and I love playing in such an exciting environment on expansive courts. I’m hoping to find more connections like this in the future.