Djokovic ends Murray’s 28-win streak in Qatar triumph

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning against Britain’s Andy Murray during their final tennis match at the ATP Qatar Open in Doha on January 7, 2017 © AFP / KARIM JAAFAR

DOHA, Qatar, Jan 7 – Novak Djokovic brought world number one Andy Murray’s 28-match winning streak to an end in Doha on Saturday to retain the Qatar Open title in a three-set thriller.

Serb star Djokovic won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a high-quality, action-packed match between the two best players from the planet lasting almost three hours.

This kind of can be Djokovic’s 25th career victory over Murray along with puts down an early-season marker against his great British rival, before the Australian Open later This kind of month.

“Definitely one of the best ways to start a year,” Djokovic said immediately after his victory.

“I had three or four match points from the second set, he turned This kind of around along with I thought: Wow! I expect This kind of isn’t payback time!

“He was close… all the way to the last shot you never know with Andy,” added Djokovic who was penalised a point from the second set after destroying his racquet as the tension mounted.

Britain’s Andy Murray returns the ball to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during their final tennis match at the ATP Qatar Open in Doha on January 7, 2017 © AFP / KARIM JAAFAR

Despite going into the third set showing signs of frustration along with weariness, Djokovic was able to claw away any momentum Murray had to secure his second successive title in Qatar along with the $209,665 first prize.

A break of Murray’s serve from the seventh game of the final set, when the Scot looked most likely to win, proved decisive.

Serving for the match, Djokovic secured the title on his fourth match point, having squandered three from the second set when Murray astonishingly recovered via 5-4 down along with 40-15 to win three games in a row along with force, at in which point, an unlikely deciding set.

Despite the victory, Murray retains his world number one ranking.

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Djokovic ends Murray’s 28-win streak in Qatar triumph

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