Andy Murray is king of the desert

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Britain’s Andy Murray retained his Doha crown after beating Andy Roddick of the United States 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Murray will now set his sights on his first Grand Slam victory when the Australian Open begins on January 19.

Roddick praised the rival who has now beaten him six times in eight tour encounters. “He played great, and I think I’m in a majority of people when I say it’s a question of when, not if, he wins a Grand Slam.”

Showing no signs of the back injury that threatened his semi-final hopes against Roger Federer, the world number four showed a dramatic performance on the way to his ninth career title.

Only once did Murray face a break point, and that came while serving for the match at 5-2. But one of his five aces squared the game at deuce and he went on to hold serve to complete the victory in just 70 minutes.

“On the big points I didn’t give him too many chances to hit winners and when that happens it makes life easier,” the 21-year old said.

“I played very well. What excites me is that I don’t think I’m close to my best tennis. I still think I can play better and improve things.”

Murray will head to Melbourne confident of becoming Britain’s first male Grand Slam winner since Fred Perry in 1936.