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British star Andy Murray took a step closer to the ATP world tour finals when he beat David Ferrer in three sets in the final of the Vienna open tennis tournament.

Murray is now in the last qualifying spot for the season-ender, jumping ahead of Ferrer and Milos Raonic with the 5-7, 6-2 and 7-5 win. In china two weeks ago, Murray had lost to Ferrer in the quarter finals after winning the first set. The roles were reversed this time, as Murray lost the first set 7-5. He eased through the second 6-2, and when he went a break up early in the second it looked like he was well on course for victory. Ferrer won four games in a row though, and then went 5-3 ahead to move to within a game of the match. Murray broke Ferrer in his next service game, and held his nerve to serve out the match.

 

Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova sent fans happy when she beat Irina Begu by 6-4, 5-7 and 6-1 in the final of Kremlin cup tennis tournament in Moscow.

The 23-year-old world number 30 landed her seventh career title and the second of 2014 as she survived a second-set fight back by her Romania opponent. Seeded sixth at the tournament, Pavlyuchenkova looked in control when a series of winners handed her the first set 6-4. But Begu, ranked 61 in the world, fought hard to take the second set 7-5. With the home crowd firmly behind her, it was Pavlyuchenkova who made the decisive move in the decider, breaking early for 2-nil then racing away to clinch the set 6-1.

 
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