Murray claims 45th career title with Dubai triumph

World number one Andy Murray serves to Spain's Fernando Verdasco during the ATP Dubai Duty Free Championships final on March 4, 2017

Andy Murray defeated Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Dubai Tennis Championships title for the first time and claim his 45th career crown.

The world number one came good after losing a title bid in 2012 at the Aviation Club to Roger Federer.

Murray improved his one-way record over 35th-ranked left-hander Verdasco to 13 wins and just one loss.