A decent weekend for Scottish sport and British success

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Andy Murray wins the China Open

Just  a day after Scotland drew 1-1 with Lithuania in the World Cup qualifying rounds,  Andy Murray secured his fifth singles title of 2016 and the 40th of his career by beating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6 in the China Open final.

Although the Bulgarian played well, the British number 1 and world number 2 didn’t have any major problems as he progressed through the tournament without dropping a single set. Sadly but still adding a swell to British pride, another Brit was doing well, but Johanna Konta was beaten 6-4 6-2 by Agnieszka Radwanska in the women’s final.

The world number 1 Novak Djokovic had been unable to compete in this tournament due to injury and if Murray continues in this vein, he could find himself becoming world number 1.

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Gibraltar who had hoped to perhaps gain a point in their match against Estonia, lost 4-0 and now have to face Belgium whilst England were ok, beating Malta 2-0 under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate and then play somewhat more dangerous Slovenia away on October 11.


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