For Full Match Report, Click Here: Djokovic vs Murray As It Happened
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in a three set thriller to win the Shanghai Masters 2012 title.
The Serb came back from a set and a break down against the defeding champion Murray to win 5-7 7-6 (11) 6-3, saving an unbelievable 5 match points on the way to victory.
In the first set that lasted 1 hour and 13 minutes, the Chinese crowd was witness to seven breaks of serve. After both players traded three breaks each, the score was poised at 5-5. It was Murray who struck again, with Novak commiting some unforced errors and missing a forehand volley to give the Brit the chance to serve out the set. Djokovic showed some frustration and within a few seconds, he smashed his racket to pieces, promting the referee to warn him for racket abuse. As Murray held to 30 when serving for the set, he got one step closer to defending his title here and winning the tournament for a third consecutive time.
Both players held their service games until the 7th game in set two, when the Olympic and 2012 US Open champion Murray struck again, taking Djokovic’s serve for a 4-3 lead. At 5-4 up, the Brit was serving for the championship title, winning the first two points to take a 30-0 lead. The rally that followed was simply outstanding – Djokovic hit a tweener, followed by a magic drop shot to put every single person in the stadium on their feet. This seemed to have given him some boost that he desperately needed to remain in this match. Despite Murray earning himself a match point, the Serbian world no.2 managed to avert it and eventually went on to claw the break back, levelling the score at 5-5. A couple of games later, tiebreak had to decide the outcome of this nail biting set. In a ‘breaker’ that lasted more than 20 minutes, Murray got to another four match points but Djoko held his nerve, saving all of them and converting his fourth set point to level the score at one set apiece.
Now the Serb had the momentum clearly in his favour and managed to take Murray’s serve in the seventh game of the decider, taking a 4-3 lead. After the Brit dropped his serve once more at 3-5 down, Djokovic punched both fists in celebration, claiming his fifth ATP Tour title of the year.