Wawrinka falters in Qatar tennis final

Switzerland's Stanislaw Wawrinka has lost the final of the Qatar tennis Open to Britain's Andy Murray 4-6, 6-4 and 2-6.

This content was published on January 6, 2008 - 10:32

His appearance in the final earned the 22-year-old Swiss a place in the top 30 of the ATP list, ahead of the Australian Open which is due to begin on January 14.

Murray broke Wawrinka – Switzerland's number two behind undisputed Roger Federer – in the opening game of the first set and again in the third and seventh games.

But Murray dominated the deciding set, clinching the title after his opponent's backhand went wide.

"It is very difficult to play against Murray, to come to the net or to stay back," Wawrinka said.

Saturday's victory was the Scotsman's first hard-court title and also his first victory against the unseeded Swiss who has won one ATP title so far in his career.

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