10/14/12 2:05 PM | Ricky Dimon
Novak Djokovic recovers from the brink of defeat to topple Andy Murray in a memorable Shanghai final on Sunday evening. Djokovic ends Murray's perfect record at the event after more than three hours.
Andy Murray was one point away from a Shanghai Rolex Masters three-peat five different times on Sunday evening.
Instead, Novak Djokovic saved all five championship points and outlasted Murray 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3 after three hours and 20 minutes of mostly incredible tennis. Djokovic triumphed in Shanghai for the first time, giving him 13 Masters titles for his career.
What turned into an epic match got off to a slow start, at least in the serving department. The first set featured a ridiculous seven breaks, including six in the first eight games. Djokovic gave back a break at 2-0 before Murray squandered break leads at 3-2 and 4-3. Murray battled out of a 40-0 deficit at 5-5 for his fourth scalp of the Djokovic serve and he finally consolidated it to wrap up the set with a rare hold.
That paved the way to one of the best sets of the year, in which Djokovic escaped the jaws of defeat like only Djokovic can. The world No. 2 dropped serve at 3-3 but held to stay in the match in the ninth game before fighting off a first championship point with Murray serving at 5-4. Djokovic, who hit a successful tweener at 30-0 to prevent falling behind triple match point, eventually broke on an errant Murray forehand.
Two holds later, a tiebreaker had to decide the second. Djokovic saved four more championship points; at 4-6 (on Murray's serve), 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. Murray survived set points at 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11 but Djokovic finally clinched it with a winning volley.
Murray looked spent physically and mentally in the third, although he did well to stay on level terms through six games. Almost inevitably, however, Djokovic seized control with an easy break at 3-3. The second-ranked Serb then won two straight deuce games, finishing the comeback in style with his sixth break of the day.
Djokovic captured his third Masters title of 2012 and improved his career record against Murray to 9-7. Murray could not have been closer to yet another Shanghai victory, but he fell to 13-1 lifetime at the event.
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