Sunday, October 14, 2012
Nole wins Shanghai Masters title
Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to win the 2012 Shanghai Masters title.
Both players struggled to hold serve early, trading breaks three times, and were tied 4-4 in the first set.
The Scott broke for the fourth time in the 11th game but the momentum seemed to shift with one audacious shot from the Serb, just as Murray appeared to be closing in on his third straight title at the tournament.
Trailing 5-4 and 30-0 in the second set, Djokovic chased down a lob from Murray and hit a perfect between-the-legs shot, then followed it up with a drop shot to win the point. He went on to save Murray's first match point with a forehand and broke back when the Briton missed a forehand of his own two points later.
In the 20-minute tiebreaker, Djokovic, who saved 4 match points, finally prevailed when he converted his fourth set point with a forehand winner.
In the decider, Nole broke for a 4-3 lead before winning the next two games to wrap up the win.
"It's difficult to judge who was better because it was so close throughout the whole match," said Djokovic. "We had so many rallies in three and a half hours; for a best-of-three set match it is a very long time. Could have easily gone the other way. He was five match points up. When I faced those match points, I tried to focus on each individually. He was so close to the victory that I cannot say I was the better player."
"It was a disappointing one to lose," said Murray. "I've lost tougher matches than that before in the biggest events. So I'm sure I'll recover from it pretty well.
"The second set, I probably played a little bit better. But he came up, served very well on the match points. The one match point I had on my serve, he hit the forehand onto the edge of the line. On the game where I served for the match, he also came up with some good shots.
"It's not like I threw the match away. I didn't make any real glaring errors or anything. When I had my chances, he just served very well and hit a couple of lines when he needed to."
Djokovic is locked in battle with Roger Federer for the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking.
"I'm trying to focus now on the end of the season," said Djokovic. "I need to play well indoors. I need to try to stay consistent with my results and eventually get a shot at No. 1 of the world. It's my biggest objective in this moment. It's something I'm aiming for. Obviously this is going to be a huge confidence boost and is going to help me in the race for No. 1. As I said, it's still not done. I still have to play well indoors."