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Dogged Djokovic Beats Murray for Shanghai Title

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World No. 2 Novak Djokovic saved five championship points to beat Andy Murray in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic saved five championship points to beat Andy Murray in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

The 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3 win brought a maiden Shanghai crown for the Serbian star, who captured his second title is an many weeks after beating Jo-Wifried Tsonga in the Beijing final last week.

It was also one of the most dramatic comeback victories of his illustrious career.

Murray served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but the dogged Djokovic broke after winning Murray's championship point, taking the set to a tiebreak.

Djokovic, who lost to Murray in the Olympics semifinals and the final of the U.S. Open, went on to save an incredible four more championship points to win the tiebreak 13-11.

With the Scot morally defeated, Djokovic took the final set 6-3 for the title and to go 9-7 up in head-to-head meetings.

To reach the final, Murray completed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over top seed Roger Federer, while Djokovic saw off Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4.

Earlier on Sunday, Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic won the doubles tournament as they claimed a 6-7(7-9), 6-3, 10-5 comeback victory over Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

The prize fund for the Shanghai Masters tournament is $3.5 million.

 

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