11/7/12 7:14 PM | Cheryl Murray
Novak Djokovic advanced his round-robin record to 2-0, beating hometown favorite Andy Murray in three sets.
This was not the fantastic display of aggressive tennis that these two men are capable of. The winners to unforced errors ratio was poor from both men, with Djokovic committing 40 unforced errors and hitting just 23 winners and Murray ever-so-slightly better with 44 unforced errors and 28 winners. But in the end, it was Djokovic who prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Murray actually had a much stronger start than Djokovic did. The Scot lost just three points on serve in the entire first set, no small feat considering Djokovic's world-class return game. But his first-set dominance was at least partially aided by the fact that Djokovic was far from his best.
The Serb turned the tables on Murray in the second set. Each man had an opportunity to break serve, but it was Djokovic who actually converted. With opportunities to break scarce in the middle frame, the single service break was enough to level the match at a set apiece.
The third set was a bit casually played by both men. Djokovic broke first on Murray's serve at 1-1, but the world No. 1 squandered the lead and Murray got back on serve with a break at 3-4. There was another slight opening for Murray to get the break with Djokovic serving to stay in the match at 5-4. The Scot was unable to convert and got destroyed in the last two games of the match to give Djokovic the win.
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