Verdasco said he was pleased with his performances this past week, that saw him reach his biggest final in five years, but admits Murray proved a formidable foe and was just too good for him in Saturday's final.
“Obviously he doesn't have many weaknesses because he's No 1 in the world. It's not easy to beat him,” said the Spanish 33-year-old.
“I believed in myself before the match that if I had my best day or for sure a great day, I could have chances to win, but obviously if you don't really play your best tennis it’s really tough.
“I'm just, for that side, a little sad and disappointed, like, after the hard work that I did the whole week to be in the finals. Obviously very happy, but once you're in the finals, you want to win it, and obviously for one side disappointed that I couldn't at least play as I really wanted to play.”
It was not pretty at times, but Andy Murray overcame a rough start to defeat Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 in the final to become the first Brit to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday night.
The world No1 needed just 73 minutes to dismiss his Spanish opponent, who had given Murray trouble in the past but was nowhere near his best on Saturday.
Playing his seventh final in his last eight tournaments, Murray dropped just five points on his first serve and only eight on his second, against an error-prone Verdasco, who was contesting his biggest final since his runner-up finish in Acapulco in 2012.
“I played much better as the match went on. Obviously started a little bit slow,” said Murray after his win, that coincided with the tournament’s 25th anniversary.
“I was solid. I wasn't afraid to sort of attack his forehand side. He's got one of the best forehands, but I tried to move him around the court as much as I could.
World No1 Andy Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final on Saturday.
The Scot faces the big-hitting Spaniard at 7pm, with the doubles final taking place at 5pm.
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