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Novak Djokovic saves 5 match points to beat Andy Murray




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Published on: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 at 14:41 IST
Novak Djokovic saves 5 match points to beat Andy Murray
Shanghai: It was one cracker of a game when World No.2 Novak Djokovic fought hard against an affirmed Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray in a marathon three setter at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

Both the players were in full flow and the crowds were treated with the game's magnificence as Djokovic saved five championship points to beat Andy Murray in the final of the Shanghai Masters Sunday.

The 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3 win brought a maiden Shanghai crown for the Serbian Tennis star, who captured his second title in as many weeks after beating Jo-Wifried Tsonga in Beijing final last week.

It was also one of the most dramatic comeback victories of his illustrious career.

Murray served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but the dogged Djokovic broke serve after winning Murray's championship point, taking the set to a tie-break.

Djokovic, who lost to Murray in the Olympics semi-final and the final of the US Open, went on to save an incredible four more championship points to win the tie-break 13-11.

With the Scot morally defeated, Djokovic took the final set 6-3 for the title and to go 9-7 up in head-to-head meetings.

To reach the final, Murray completed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over top seed Roger Federer, while Djokovic saw off Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4.

Earlier Sunday, Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic won the doubles tournament as they claimed a 6-7(7-9), 6-3, 10-5 comeback victory over Indian pairing Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

The prize fund for the Shanghai Masters tournament is $3.5 million.
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