Djokovic beats Murray crowned champion Qatar Open

"It is definitely one of the best ways to start the New Year", said Djokovic after his memorable win.

Djokovic saved a remarkable five match points as he completed a thrilling three-set win over Fernando Verdasco to set up this final with Murray.

"All the way, to the last shot, you never know with Andy".

Austrian Thiem came through a first-set tie-break to eventually beat Australian Sam Groth 7-6 (7/5) 6-3, while Bulgarian Dimitrov was a 6-2 6-4 victor against Nicolas Mahut.

The first four-time finalist in Doha history, Murray was bidding to join Roger Federer as the second three-time champion in the tournament's 25-year history.

"Certainly I can play better". After this match, it is certain that we could see them again in action in 3 weeks time in the final of Melbourne, and we could only imagine how epic that encounter would be if they both reach the title match.

Djokovic is one of the fiercest competitors in tennis.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Spain's Fernando Verdasco in their semi-final tennis match of the ATP Qatar Open in Doha
Murray, Djokovic through to Qatar Open semi-finals

But Djokovic broke in game seven of the final set before winning in two hours 54 minutes.

"He added: "It was a really good match". He then consolidated with a hold to make it 5-3 and push Murray to the brink of defeat, much like he did during the second set.

The momentum switched entirely. and Murray reeled off five straight games to take the second set and go 1-0 up in the third.

But he was then immediately broken back by Verdasco, who not only served out for the set but then broke Djokovic's opening service game in the second.

Murray was holding on to a winning run of 28 games heading into the final, in what would be the pair's 36th meeting since they first played each other in 2006. Rubbing the back of his head, Djokovic shook off the fall and snatched double break point when Murray compounded a double fault with a forehand error.

By contrast, Djokovic has pulled off a series of comebacks against Murray, most recently in the final of the French Open, which he won in four sets after dropping the first. "I was saying during the closing ceremony last year that my grandfather, who passed away a few years ago, used to call me a falcon". The returner finally got some luck as Murray earned the first break point of the set.

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