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Murray and Wawrinka in Qatar final.

DOHA: Andy Murray defeated top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-3 yesterday to reach his second straight Qatar Open final.

The Scot will play Stanislas Wawrinka, who upset defending champion Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (1), 6-4 earlier yesterday to reach his fifth career ATP final.

Murray dropped serve in the opening game of the first set, but broke back in the sixth game to level at 3-3.

Davydenko, serving to stay in the set at 4-5 and deuce, hit back-to-back forehands long to give the set to Murray.

In the second set, Murray broke Davydenko in the fourth game. The Russian saved three match points to take the eighth game and trail 5-3. But Murray clinched the next game when Davydenko hit a backhand long.

"He started off well ... I hung in pretty well and turned it around," Murray said. "I did not serve well in the first set, but was better in the second." Murray improved to 3-2 overall against Davydenko.

"I made too many mistakes playing from the baseline when I was up 3-1 in the first set," Davydenko said. "Murray served well."

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Date:Apr 30, 2008
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