doha17djokovic_murray

doha17djokovic_murray

Points won by each set: | 35-24, 36-43, 31-25 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
13 % Djokovic – 15 of 110
28 % Murray – 24 of 84

Another long contest between the two best players of the past few years, but the first time with Murray as No. 1 & Djokovic as No. 2. It was almost a copy of their previous meeting with a different winner; Djokovic squandered three match points on serve at 5:4 in the 2nd set though, and in the next game at 30/40 he devastated his racket losing the game immediately, because it was his second warning (the first he’d received for the ball abuse). Murray broke again leading 6:5 with a bunch of great backhands and notched a 5-game winning streak in total. The Brit had a break point at 3:2* in the deciding set, but Djokovic fought it off with an overhead despite alleged problems with muscles. The Serb took three straight games. There was a moment of hope for Murray to break back again trailing 4:5, as he led 30/0. Djokovic managed to win four consecutive points – he gained three points with Murray’s backhand errors, and converted his fourth match point with impressive forehand winner after 21-stroke rally. The final lasted 2 hours 54 minutes, Djokovic snapped Murray’s 28-match winning streak, distinctively the longest in career of the current best player in the world… Djokovic began the event trailing *1:5 in the 1st set against Struff.

Djokovic’s route to his 67th title:
1 Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(1), 6-3
2 Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4
Q Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3
S Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-3 – 5 m.p.
W Andy Murray 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

# Djokovic was trailing 2:6 & 6:7* in the tie-break against Verdasco

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