ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA // Top-seed Andy Murray beat Andrey Golubev 6-1 6-1 today to win the St Petersburg Open title for the second year running. Murray, who also won at the Madrid Masters last Sunday, became the first British player to win back-to-back tour-level titles since Mark Cox won in London and Washington in March 1975. Murray has not dropped a set on the way to his fifth title this season and his eighth career win.
It was the twelfth consecutive win for the fourth-ranked Murray, including two victories in Britain's Davis Cup World Group playoffs against Austria in September. His win-loss record this season is 53-14, making him the fourth player this year to win more than 50 matches. Murray also won titles in Doha, Marseille and Cincinnati. His only loss in the finals this season was to Roger Federer at the US Open.