Murray rues missed opportunities after Djokovic loss

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has beaten No.1 Andy Murray 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to take the singles trophy at the finals of the ATP250 Qatar Open in Doha.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has sent a strong message that he wants his number one ranking back, beating Scotland's Andy Murray in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha. It is Djokovic's 25th career victory over Murray and puts down an early-season marker against his great British rival, before the Australian Open later this month. "To start the year, it's great to play against one of the best in the world". Murray broke his foe for the first time in the match and drew level at five games apiece after saving three championship points, and his hopes lived on. You never know with Andy.

Djokovic next plays Horacio Zeballos, who beat Florian Mayer 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (9). Annoyed at losing a point, Djokovic angrily smacked a ball to the ground that accidentally flew into the stands and hit a woman. Murray also failed to take advantage of a break point in the sixth game of the set.

He added: "I'm obviously very pleased, because you need these kind of matches, these kind of confidence boosters, for whatever is coming up after that".

"I played him at the end of a year ago and he was playing super aggressive there so I kind of expected that a little bit tonight".

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Djokovic turned in a mostly clean performance amidst some significant wind, especially in the second set.

Murray finally capitalized on his fourth break point - second in that 10th game - with an inside out forehand victor.

Though Murray again had 0-30, second serve as Djokovic's fourth smash error had the Serb poised to choke again while serving for the match, Djokovic locked down from the baseline to sweep the next four points for the match. Neither player was giving their opponent much to work with in the opening few games of the decider until another nightmare service game from Murray handed Djokovic a late break.

The world No 2's first serve was giving Murray little opportunity, Djokovic at one point winning 16 consecutive points to move to the brink of the title.

Bolting a backhand pass crosscourt, Murray followed with a flat backhand down the line for double set point.

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