Andy Murray books his place in final of the Dubai Tennis Championships against Fernando Verdasco

Andy Murray celebrates during his victory against Lucas Pouille in the Dubai Championship semi-final (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

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Andy Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships , after seeing off France's Lucas Pouille 7-5,6-1.

The World No. 1 may have struggled to get to this stage of the competition, surviving seven match points in a 31-minute, second-set tiebreaker to eke past Philipp Kohlscheriber in the quarter-finals.

But Murray was good value for his win against 15th-seed Pouille, and will now face Verdasco in Saturday's final, after the Spaniard saw off Robin Haase 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-1.

The reigning Wimbledon champion got off to a quick start on Friday afternoon, breaking the Frenchman on the first time of asking, before unforced allowed Pouille to level the first set 3-3.

Pouille gave Murray a run for his money in the first set, but was overwhelmed by the Scot in the second (Photo: REUTERS)
Murray again made a string of unforced errors as he struggled in the first set against Pouille (Photo: AFP)
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Murray looked in for another long day at the office as the errors continued to flow and resulted in the Scot conceding a second break, but you don't win championships without facing a little adversity – and the 29-year-old dug deep to wrestle the momentum and see out the first set.

After that, he never looked back, breaking Pouille twice early on in the second and dominating at the net – romping to a 6-1 victory in the second set to book his passage into a second final already this year.

Murray may have lost against Novak Djokavic in Doha last month, but he'll fancy his chances against 35th-ranked Verdasco when the two face off in Dubai tomorrow.

Eventually the Scot's superior quality and finesse at the net shone through (Photo: REUTERS)
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