(SHANGHAI) — World number two Novak Djokovic rallied past Great Britain’s Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 on Sunday in the Shanghai Masters final.
The loss for Murray snapped a 13-game win streak at Shanghai. Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before winning in the final set.
“I won the match. But, you know, as spectators could see, we were very close,” Djokovic said. “It was a very even match throughout the whole three sets. He was so close to the victory that I cannot say I was the better player.”
The two-time defending Shanghai champion understands he let a big lead slip away.
“It was a disappointing one to lose,” Murray said. “I’ve lost tougher matches than that before in the biggest events. So I’m sure I’ll recover from it pretty well.
“It’s not like I threw the match away. I didn’t make, I don’t think, any real glaring errors or anything.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire