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Murray sweeps past Roddick for Qatar win

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  • Andy Murray brushes aside Andy Roddick to defend Qatar Open title in Doha
  • The Briton continues his brilliant start to the new season with a 6-4 6-2 victory
  • The 21-year-old Scot, was claiming his ninth career ATP Tour title on Saturday
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(CNN) -- In-form Andy Murray brushed aside Andy Roddick to successfully defend his Qatar Open title in Doha on Saturday.

Murray celebrates his second successive Qatar Open title with a comfortable win over Andy Roddick.

Murray celebrates his second successive Qatar Open title with a comfortable win over Andy Roddick.

The Briton continued his brilliant start to the season with a 6-4 6-2 victory in 70 minutes against the American former world number one.

Murray had been a doubtful starter with a back injury aggravated during his semifinal win over Roger Federer, but showed no signs of distress with a confident display.

The 21-year-old Scot, seeking his ninth career ATP Tour title, came into the match with a 5-2 career record over his opponent and always looked in command.

A stunning backhand lob helped him hold serve and level at 2-2, and he broke to love in the next game, aided by a wild forehand from Roddick and a fortunate mis-hit.

The remaining five games of the set went with serve, Murray sealing it in style after 33 minutes with an ace.

Roddick held serve at the start of the second set but Murray broke again in the third and fifth games to put the result comprehensively beyond doubt.

It took until the final game of the match for Roddick to force a break point but Murray saved it with another timely ace and soon sealed a deserved win.

Murray, who also beat Federer and Rafael Nadal in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week, said: "I'd like to thank my team, it was a great year last year and hopefully I will continue the same this year."

Roddick added: "I would like to congratulate Andy, he just outplayed me. He has the hardest working team in tennis so congratulations to them too."

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