MADRID: Fourth-ranked Andy Murray beat Gilles Simon of France 6-4, 7-6(6) on Sunday to win the Madrid Masters. The U.S. Open finalist became the first Briton to win four titles in a season. At No. 4, he will also be the highest ranked Briton in the Open era finishing the year in which he won four titles and played a Grand Slam final.

Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman both reached No. 4 but never finished the year there and have never won four titles and played in a Grand Slam final in one season.

Murray had also won Doha, Marseille and Cincinnati.

Mark Cox of Britain captured three titles in 1975.

“Gilles was hitting much better from behind the baseline, but I got a lot of free points from my serve,” Murray said. “That was probably the key to my win.’

Murray never faced a breakpoint and converted one in the fifth game to take the first set when Simon hit wide.

The Briton saved two set points in the tiebreaker before closing the match out when Simon netted for his 30th unforced error. — Agencies

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