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Murray promises to be the boss in big showdown with Verdasco

Andy Murray believes he cannot allow Fernando Verdasco to dictate play when the pair meet in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

The world number one, who is looking to secure his first title of the season, has a superb record against the Spaniard, winning 12 of their 13 meetings.

Despite the head-to-head statistics, Murray is wary of the threat posed by the world number 35 ahead of today's match.

"Obviously this week he's had some good wins," the Scot said.

"When he's dictating the points, he's one of the best in the world at doing that."

Murray, a runner-up in Dubai in 2012, secured his final place with a 7-5 6-1 success over seventh seed Lucas Pouille.

The 29-year-old felt his gruelling quarter-final victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber - he won after a 31-minute tie-break - had an impact on his performance and the quality of the match.

"It was tough," he admitted.

Verdasco booked his place in the decider by beating Robin Haase 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-1.

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