Djokovic Opens The Year With Victory Over Murray

By Ikenga Chronicles January 8, 2017
Novak Djokovic has started the year on a good note having defeated World number one, Andy Murray to defend his Qatar Open title and end the Briton’s winning streak of 28 consecutive ATP Tour matches.
Djokovic had a dramatic comeback with 6-3 5-7 6-4 to defeat Murray who  saved three match points to come from a set and a break down to win the second set and level the match.
But Djokovic broke in game seven of the decider to win in two hours 54 minutes as both players prepare for Melbourne for the Australian Open–the year’s first Grand Slam–which starts on 16 January.
“It’s a tough one to lose” said Murray, 29.
“It was high level tennis, some of the points were physically tough. But it’s a great way to start the new year and I look forward to the next few weeks.”
The game produced the 36th meeting between the pair with Murray winning the last edition at the ATP Tour Finals in November, a victory that kept him at world number one.
The Scot has never beaten the Serb after losing the first set and he was soon trailing as Djokovic broke in the eighth game following a string of unforced errors from Murray.
“To win here, against the biggest rival, is a dream start” said Djokovic, who was penalised a point in the second set for smashing his racket.
He is  the defending champion in Melbourne, having won his sixth Australian Open title last year as he condemned Murray to a fifth defeat in the final of the tournament.
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