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Federer Beats Murray for Title in Thailand

October 2, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Roger Federer captured the Thailand Open for the second straight year Sunday, defeating British teenager Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5. Federer, ranked No. 1, has won 24 consecutive ATP finals, including seven this season.

``I had to work hard to get to this point,″ Federer said. ``There are tough challengers, but not this week. I’m amazed with myself, and hopefully I’ll keep doing this in the future.″

Murray said playing for a title against Federer was more memorable than making the third round at Wimbledon.

``I was not expected to reach the finals in the start of the tournament,″ he said. ``Only at 18 and to play the finals of an ATP tournament gives me a lot of confidence for the future.″

The top-seeded Federer sees promise in Murray’s game.

``He’s got a repertoire of shots, he has slice and his volley is all right,″ Federer said. ``He reads games well. He has potential to become a good player. Consistency is what’s missing in his game, and he’s not 100 percent sure of his game.″

Federer raced to a 3-0 lead after nine minutes, thanks to two double-faults by Murray that gave the Swiss star a break in the second game.

Murray pulled to 4-2 with an ace and forced deuce several times in the next game in long rallies. In the second set, Murray dropped the opening game and fell behind 3-1. But he chased down the balls to make it 3-3 as Federer missed an easy forehand. Federer finally took charge at the net and broke for a 6-5 lead.

Federer fought back from a break point to set up the championship point after Murray netted a backhand. The match ended with Murray repeating the mistake.

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