Call it whatever you want. A revenge, a comeback, immense statement, any words you choose should be just fine with Novak Djokovic for defeating Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3 5-7 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha on Saturday.
This was the first meeting between the two since November, when Murray won the season-ending climax at the ATP World Tour finals.
But this time, the Briton ran into a rejuvenated Djokovic who, despite having problems with his racket hand and receiving two warnings for his behaviour, prevailed thrillingly in their 36th contest to end Murray’s 28-match, five-tournament winning streak.
“It was close, a very physical battle. All the way to the last shot, you never know with Andy. It’s no strange occurrence for us to play three sets for three hours,” Djokovic told Eurosport.
“It means a lot. For the last three months of 2016, I haven’t felt that confident on court and didn’t play that consistent. But to start 2017 with a win over the world number one and my biggest rival was a dream start so I’m hoping I can get the best out of it.”
The world number two will be hoping to defend the Australian Open title later this month.
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