Murray had won the last two Shanghai Opens and was looking for a hatrick, read on to see if he did it!
In the first set, it was mostly serve dominated, as usual between these players, but still with long rallies throughout and even Murray serving was decent, the only difference between the two was one break from Murray late on in the set, making it 7-5.
In the second set it was mainly both players holding their serves, but Murray had taken a break early on. But, it was not plain sailing for the Scot, as at 5-4, there was a game changing, rally where, whatever Andy did, Djokovic returned with a carved backhand, a through-the-legs shot, or an absolute SMASH! After which, Murray seemed a bit demoralised and quite angry, Djokovic loosened up his play and clawed the set back to 6-6 and a tie-break. Murray had won 5 and lost 2 of his tie-breaks with the Serb. However, on this occasion the ‘Djoker’ lead form the start 2-0 but it remained close with some wonderful tennis being played. Andy’s serves were fantastic and Djokovic was returning everything on the backhand. This lead to 5 championship for Murray and 4 set points for Djokovic. Novak won it on his 4th set point with a wonderful backhand followed by a smash, it was now 7-5, 6-7 and another of Murray racquets is destroyed.
The final set played out quite evenly until Djokovic was able to break Murray serve 4-3, from this point Andy did look quite tired and actually rather careless, randomly swinging for the ball and hoping it hit, so Djokovic was able to hold serve and Murray was serving to stay in the match. He hit multiple faults, and even though he took it to deuce, you could tell he wasn’t going to win it, as Djokovic won the set and the match and the championship on hos 3rd championship point 6-3.
Djokovic is now the 1st person to win 7 of the 9 ATP Masters 1000s and is one step closer to being world No.1.