Novak Djokovic defeated world No.1 Andy Murray 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in Qatar Open final on Saturday. Recently knighted, Murray’s crusade of 28 consecutive wins ended with this defeat.
The showdown between the two tennis giants showcased the best of men’s tennis for 2 hours, 54 minutes. Djokovic needed four match points three in the second set and one in the third to triumph.
Soon after the match, Djokovic said “This is definitely one of the best ways of starting a year. After saving five match points in the semifinal, I had three match points in the second set, I said, ‘Wow’ when he turned it around. All the way to the last shot you never know with Murray “.
Further, Djokovic had three match points in the 10th game of the second set. But he couldn’t prevent Andy from making it 5-5 and eventually win the second set.
Murray at last banked on his fourth break point which was second in that 10th game with an inside-out forehand smash.
In spite of climbing 0-30, Murray wasn’t able to come back with the same spirit when Djokovic served for the match a second time at 5-4 in the third set. Along with that Murray also failed to capitalize the break point in the sixth game of the third set.
Djokovic’s frustration ran over him on two particular moments in the match. As a result, umpire Carlos Bernardes handed two warnings the Serb and saw the deduction of a point on the second warning.
The second warning occurred when Djokovic threw his racket in exasperation at 40-30 to end the 11th game of the second set.
The first warning came in the sixth game of the first set.
Irritated by losing a point, Djokovic whacked a ball to the ground that accidentally ended hitting a woman in the stands.
So far Murray has lost all 20 games he’s played against the Serb when he’s lost the first set.
In their last meeting in the ATP Finals in November, Murray beat Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 to end up No. 1 in the rankings for the first time.