Updated: 14/10/2012 16:42 | By pa.press.net

Djokovic beats wasteful Murray



Novak Djokovic came out on top in the final of the Shanghai Masters

Novak Djokovic came out on top in the final of the Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray wasted five championship points as Novak Djokovic gained revenge for his US Open final defeat with a thrilling triumph at the Shanghai Masters.

The Serbian somehow stayed alive in the second set, breaking when Murray was serving for the match and then winning a remarkable tie-break 13-11.

And the world number two broke the Scot's resolve in the decider to claim a 5-7 7-6 (13/11) 6-3 victory in three hours 21 minutes.

It was two-time defending champion Murray's first defeat in Shanghai in 13 matches.

Murray, who beat Djokovic in an epic five-set match to lift the US Open crown last month, came into the final in fine form, having dismantled world number one Roger Federer in the semi-final. And, despite going a break down early on, he recovered well to win a first set which featured seven breaks of serve.

The crucial break came when he moved 6-5 in front, his opponent responding with a huge display of frustration, smashing his racket on the ground. Murray duly closed out the set.

And a straight-sets victory looked on the cards when he served for the match at 5-4, his the only break this time. But from 0-30 down and having saved a championship point, the Serbian upped his game and broke back before forcing the tie-break which would change the course of the match.

Murray fell 3-1 behind in the breaker before getting back on terms and carving out two more match points at 6-4. But Djokovic saved both and then two more at 8-7 and 10-9 before finally levelling the match on his fourth set point.

The momentum was now firmly with the five-time Grand Slam winner and be broke in the decider for a 4-3 lead.

Serving to stay in the match at 3-5, Murray saved two championship points, but could not do so a third time as Djokovic ended the Scot's winning run in Shanghai.

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14/10/2012 14:14
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Congrats to Novak. Shame for Andy.  On another note I am so tired of seeing all the racist crap on here from both sides. Murray may not be world number 1 (yet) but he is the BRITISH number 1 and he pays under the British flag. And although he is obviously proud to be Scottish he is also extremely proud to be British and has stated so on many an occasion. So don't you guys think it is about time to give him a break. and as for some Scots on here, yeah it's great you stand by him but in the process you just stir the pot of hatred, and that helps nothing. Well done to Heather Watson too who did a fantastic job. British tennis is just going from strength to strength.
14/10/2012 15:00
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Another tight contest between you both, but think you had the chances to win, however it was a good contest. I think it is going to be see saw between you both for some time to come. Great stuff continuing at the high level you are to get into yet another final. Well done Andy, and congrats Novak.
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Murray just does not seem to be able to rise to the big occasion, maybe he does not believe in himself. Murray is easily the best British tennis player the British Isles, have ever  produced, (sorry Fred Perry fans, I don't go back that far.

                        Please don't lets have another inane discussion about Scots hating, isn't there enough hate in the world already ?
14/10/2012 16:14
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Never mind Andy,theres always another time, just think about all youve achieved this year,your a star,

 

 

 

 

 

15/10/2012 09:41
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all these anti scottish people on here really need to get a life its starting to get boring especially with all the personal insults that come with their commentstheir lives must be deprived by writing such horrid things about us scots take a look at themselves first before writing
14/10/2012 21:51
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Hi Robert.  Totally agree with your comments to Colin about not having to get behind Murray or whoever else.  However, you must be a sports fan or you wouldn't being reading and commenting on this post.  That's why I thought it a little sad that you don't seem to be able to get behind Scotland in Football, Tennis, Rugby whatever.  Sport is all about hope isn't it, and you can always dream that your side will come good one day even if they haven't always in the past.  It meant much to many Scottish folk that they beat England the year after we won the World Cup in 1966 for instance and the fact that Murray's the world no. 3 and just achieved the feat of winning a grand slam is by no means the act of a glorious failure in my view.
14/10/2012 15:25
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Janey Buchan what you on about. You stated " and as for some Scots on here, yeah it's great you stand by him but in the process you just stir the pot of hatred, and that helps nothing."

There is no Scots ( Before you wrote the comment) that has "stir the pot of hatred" All the negative comments that have been written are from people that are obviously not "proud to be british" and they are people that cause the hatred in the first place not the Scots.

I suggest you read the comments again!
14/10/2012 15:21
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Congrats Novak and well done Andy and by the way lynch, your an A******e.

14/10/2012 17:40
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cant stand it when people slag murray off, he gave his all in that match and the seond set obviously took it out of him in the tie break,mentally and didnt recover I am so proud to support him and he has been amazing this year so back off him ****

14/10/2012 22:03
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AHA    marc crossley and whoopee doo is the SAME person

 

but hey we all knew that all along

 

14/10/2012 19:19
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Andy Murray two win in London and finish the Year at number two in world
14/10/2012 18:05
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i have always said that on the day the player who plays best will win

 

on this day andy murray did not rise to the challenge    but there will be many more chances in the future

 

oh and by the way i have asked msn to investigate earlier comments which if they had been used on twitter or face book would reult in a criminal investigation

 

so marc crossley i strongly suggest you remove your posts before the police come knocking on your door

14/10/2012 22:33
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AHA    reading marc's response tells me that i am actually getting a response from another infamous poster on here

 

look at the language and supposed scottish words and you will realise who this really is

 

the internet is amazing    YOU CANNOT HIDE

14/10/2012 21:24
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woopee doo   or whatever other name you also use

 

TRUE TENNIS SUPPORTERS   are behind andy murray same as they are behind all other british sports men and women

 

oh and by the way putting your whole message in capitals was just silly

 

but then again all sensible posters here  KNOW THAT

 

 

hahahahaha

14/10/2012 16:48
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sad to see theres so many scottish haters out there.....  he was british when he won the gold at the london oylimpics.....   the sooner we get free from you ugly worldwide hated english ****s the better...  then what you got left.... **** all
14/10/2012 20:39
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ERRRRRRRRR      NO 3 IN THE WORLD   ANDY MURRAY

 

i dont think anyone can call andy murray a hit or a miss on that  nor can they call him a dumpling

 

good luck to andy     ALL SCOTTISH AND BRITISH TENNIS FANS ARE BEHIND YOU 100%

14/10/2012 18:59
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really this post should be about tennis  but i will go into scottish liberation simply beacause of earlier comments which i have just read

 

why is it the uk government are so keen to keep scotland withing the union ????

 

answer------- they know they need sotland     without scotland  ENGLAND will struggle

 

my apologies for veering off the topic   but as so many others do  i thought it only right

 

think about it before you respond   PLEASE PLEASE   think about it

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bye for now all,we will be reunited at the next tournament,bye chris burford,hahahaha,colin and octopussy really are muppets mate haha
15/10/2012 13:28
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What, don't print my response to these Racist bastards, but allow them to be viewed seems strange? 
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