Djokovic rallies to beat Murray in Shanghai final
SHANGHAI (AP) – Novak Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before outlasting two-time defending champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 on Sunday in the Shanghai Masters final.
In another entertaining struggle between the two US Open finalists, Djokovic seemed headed for defeat when Murray was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but saved one match point in that game before breaking back for 5-5.
He then saved four more in a tense tiebreaker and carried his momentum into the deciding set, breaking the Briton twice to earn his fifth title of the year.
"I won the match,” Djokovic said. “But, you know, as spectators could see, we were very close. It was a very even match throughout the whole three sets. He was so close to the victory that I cannot say I was the better player.”