Sat Mar 4, 2017 7:21AM
World number one Andy Murray of Great Britain returns the ball to France's Lucas Pouille during their ATP semi-final tennis match as part of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on March 3, 2017. (AFP)
World number one Andy Murray of Great Britain returns the ball to France's Lucas Pouille during their ATP semi-final tennis match as part of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on March 3, 2017. (AFP)

Top seed Andy Murray is through to the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships following a straight sets victory over Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

The world number 1 struggled in the first set against 7th seed Pouille but eventually took it 7-5.

The second set was a one-sided affair as Murray won with a breadstick to set up a meeting with Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Saturday's final.

Murray is playing his first tournament since his 4th-round defeat at the Australian Open in January. The Scot could extend his lead at the top of the world rankings with another victory in Dubai.