The Serbian ‘Joker’ Novak Djokovic brought Andy Murray’s 28-match winning streak to a grinding halt on Saturday in Doha. By defeating Murray, Djokovic succeeded in retaining the Qatar open title.
Djokovic won the 3-set match 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. The match brought the quality and skill of the two best players out in the open as they battled for the title for over 3-hours. With this win, Djokovic took the number of his wins over Murray to 25. This win gives a slight psychological advantage to Djokovic over Murray as the two head down-under for the Australian Open later this month.
Djovokic labelled his win as ‘one of the best ways to start the New Year’.
“I had three or four match points in the second set, he turned it around and I thought: Wow! I hope this isn’t payback time”, Djokovic said after the match. ‘He was close… all the way to the last shot you never know with Andy,’ added Djokovic.
Djokovic was also penalised for damaging a racquet during the match’s tense moments.
However, Djokovic bounced back in the 3rd and final set of the match and was able to claw away the momentum Murray had built and secured his second successive title in Qatar and the $209,665 prize money.
The match began in a typical see-saw fashion until the 8th game of the opening set when Djokovic came back from 15-40 and went on to win consecutive points. The second set made the match interesting as Murray refused to be bullied and took the game into the deciding set.
After the match, Murray said he was ‘obviously disappointed’ to lose but was not too downbeat.
‘I think physically it was a good test to start the year,’ he said. Murray continues to be the number 1 player in rankings despite the defeat.
source : Qatar Day