Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic set up dream Qatar final

Jan 08, 2017, 00:35
Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic set up dream Qatar final

Djokovic won 6-3 5-7 6-4 in the first match between the two since Murray confirmed his year-end number one ranking by coming out on top in the ATP World Tour Finals last November. It is Djokovic's 25th career victory over Murray and puts down an early-season marker against his great British rival, before the Australian Open later this month.

Definitely one of the best ways to start a year.

"I haven't saved five match points many times".

"All the way to the last shot you never know with Andy, it's no odd occurrence for both of us to play three sets for three hours".

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Djokovic, who won the absorbing contest 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, told reporters he was unaware that the ball had hit someone and said it was an accident.

That all changed this year, with Andy Murray moving from the Hopman Cup exhibition to Doha, where a almost guaranteed final between No. 1 Murray and defending champion/No. 2 Djokovic was in store.

Djokovic is one of the fiercest competitors in tennis. I've got three out of three wins.

Having covered the last seven-consecutive editions of the Qatar Open, I couldn't help but notice how more and more local kids are seen playing tennis on the outside courts on the sidelines of the event.

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The 29-year-old was all over the place in the last game as Murray cruised to seeing out the second set. Yesterday, Murray managed to save three match points and it looked like Djokovic would be given a taste of his own medicine but thankfully for the Serb, history didn't repeat itself.

It is nearly seven weeks since Novak Djokovic walked off the court at the O2 arena in southeast London, his 2016 season ending with defeat by Andy Murray in what Boris Becker called the worst match that his former charge had played during their three-year spell together. The second-ranked Serb dropped serve once in the opener but lost a total of five points in four second-set service games.

But serving for the match he first had to save two break points, which summed up the Scotsman's evening. I just tried to make him play an extra shot, he was playing very well. The returner finally got some luck as Murray earned the first break point of the set. Djokovic regained his range and re-established control after saving a break point in the sixth game.

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