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Andy Murray to face defending champion Novak Djokovic in final

Updated on: 07-Jan-2017 Views: 4 Views
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on Friday won the Qatar Open final, between the two best players in the world.

Djokovic only got through after saving five match points against world number 42 Fernando Verdasco, to win a thrilling match 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3. Andy Murray to face defending champion Novak Djokovic in final


Murray swept aside Tomas Berdych in far more straightforward fashion 6-3, 6-3 to secure a 28th consecutive victory, a record which stretches back to September last year.

The world number one, Murray, and his nearest rival takes place on Saturday and will be a key litmus test ahead of the season's first Grand Slam in Australia which starts on January 16.

Djokovic said he was lucky to be in his second successive Doha final after being on the brink of a straight sets defeat as he trailed in the second set tie break.

It is the third time in his career he has saved five match points.

Djokovic said "It's definitely one of the most exciting matches I have played."

He said a final with Murray would be a "perfect match up."

Murray, who had struggled with the windy conditions and opponents in previous rounds, won far more easily.

He said the final would be "a great match to look forward to."



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