Novak Djokovic relieved to end losing run to Andy Murray in Shanghai Masters final
Novak Djokovic was relieved to finally end his losing run against Andy Murray in the Shanghai Masters final in China.
Last Updated: 15/10/12 6:18am
The world number two fought back from a set down to win 5-7 7-6 (13-11) 6-3 in an entertaining decider after losing their last two meetings, the US Open final at Flushing Meadows in September and the London Olympics semi-final a month earlier.
"It was a thrilling match...very long - 3 1/2 hrs for best of three is quite long. But I have got used to it," Djokovic said.
"Whenever I play Andy I know it's going to be a gruelling fight, a lot of long rallies. It could have gone either way.
"I could not say I dominated the match because all three sets were very close and he had some match points and opportunities to finish the match. I could have easily been a runner-up today but I'm very proud of my fight."
Murray served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and wasted a match point to allow his Serb opponent to level.
The Scot also allowed another four to slip from his grasp in the lengthy tie-breaker and he said: "It was a disappointing one to lose but 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."