Djokovic Beats Murray, Wins Shanghai Final

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Bulgaria: Djokovic Beats Murray, Wins Shanghai Final Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray to win Shanghai Masters. Photo by Getty Images

Novak Djokovic saved five match points before beating defending Shanghai Masters champion Andy Murray in a three-set final of breathtaking intensity Sunday.

In their first meeting since Murray's win in the US Open final, Djokovic triumphed 5-7 7-6 (13-11) 6-3.

Murray edged the first set, which had seven breaks of serve, with Djokovic reacting angrily by smashing a racket.

Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before taking the tie-break and breaking Murray twice in the third.

After his 5-7 7-6 6-3 triumph, Djokovic told the official ATP Tour website that it could have gone either way.

"When I faced those match points, I tried to focus on each individually. He was so close to the victory that I cannot say I was the better player."

Murray was left to reflect on defeat in a match he had in his grasp.

"It was a disappointing one to lose," he said

"I've lost tougher matches than that before in the biggest events. So I'm sure I'll recover from it pretty well. "

The 25-year-old Djokovic, who was also beaten by Murray in the semifinals of the Olympic tennis tournament, came into the final in hot form after claiming the China Open in Beijing.

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