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Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray Finals ATP Qatar Open Live Updates

World No. 1 Andy Murray will take on archrival and No. 2 Novak Djokovic at the ATP Qatar Open Final.
Updated: 08 January 2017 00:26 IST - Published: 07 January 2017 20:02 IST
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And here's an interesting point - if Novak wins the Australian Open title, and Murray does not progress beyond the semi-finals, we could see Djokovic return to World No. 1.
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Not much separating the field now - some wonderful shotmaking and commitment from both former and current World No. 1 
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And after two hours and fifty-four minutes, Novak Djokovic holds on to win 6-3,5-7,6-4, sealing the deal with a sweet forehand winner.
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Andy Murray trails 4-5, and Novak Djokovic will return to serve for the match.
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That was a bit of a random return from Djokovic, who was looking to shorten the point there. It goes way long, and although he's followed that up with a strong winner, Murray wins the game.
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And Djokovic HOLDS! Back over to Murray, who has to serve to stay in the match..
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Novak Djokovic leads 4-3 and is up a break of serve in the decider.
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Djokovic is wincing in pain, but he's mounted a fight back and a half! Some serious fight from both players, and Novak Djokovic breaks to love! 
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Seriously, though, Novak Djokovic has been grimacing quite a lot. Looks like there's quite a bit of pain and cramping going on there.
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No breaks of serve just yet and Murray's up 3-2. What a match this has been already! 
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Murray loses that game as Djokovic levels at two games all in the deciding set - but his level of commitment is unparalleled. The Scot approaches the net for a shot most players would have given up on - and very nearly makes it! 
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At this point, it's all a battle of nerves.
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Andy Murray 2 - 1 Novak Djokovic.
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And Murray holds right back. There's some excitement going on in this game! 
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Novak Djokovic, now in grey t-shirt, holds serve in convincing fashion. 1-1.
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And now for a random tennis player fashion update...
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Novak Djokovic 6-3, 5-7, 0-1 Andy Murray
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Andy Murray wins the first game in the third set on serve. 
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There'll now be a deciding set. Forced by Murray from three championship points down. He's certainly living up to the title of Sir...
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And that's the news tennis fans will love - Andy Murray, down three championship points, wins the second set 7-5.
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Murray's last break means he has gone 112 matches at a stretch having broken his opponent's serve. Not bad at all, eh?
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Well well well... Who called this? Murray's in this and could well force a third set at this rate. He leads 6-5.
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That said, there's some brilliant defensive work from both ends.
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Andy Murray breaks back to level at 5 games apiece in the second set and keeps himself in the contest. Djokovic loses 3 match points. 
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Wow that game went on for a long, long time! 
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Close contest and then some. There's still a battle on here and Murray's looking to break. Djokovic can't build on championship point just yet..
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All aside, some lovely sportsmanship from Djokovic and Murray. They may be fierce rivals on court, but they're close friends off it - and have even shared parenting advice. 
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Djokovic will now serve for the match, putting the talented, but currently agitated, Murray on the back foot.
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Novak Djokovic* 5-4 Andy Murray.
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There's a wonderful shot from Murray to seal that game - and he's still in the match, but trails 4-5. 
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It all looks to be coming a bit unravelled for the talented Scot here in Doha, Qatar, 
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Novak Djokovic holds serve for a 5-3 lead. Murray serves to stay in the match.
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What a rally! That was one high shot from Murray - and Djokovic returns with a befitting reply - a smash winner! 
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Novak Djokovic 6-3, 4-3 Murray.
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Novak Djokovic is right back in with the first break of the second set. He leads 4-3.
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Luckily, he's ok. Murray comes over to check on his rival, Djokovic waves him off to say he's ok, and we're back to play.
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With scores at 3-3 in the second set Djokovic fights to make a winner from Murray and takes a fall - he's hit his head,and looks to be in quite a bit of pain...
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Phew - that was a long, long game! Djokovic appeared to stutter for a bit but came right back to equalise in the end.
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Andy Murray, on serve, takes a 3-2 lead on Novak Djokovic, and the Scot is slowly getting his groove back. But nothing appears to be rattling Djokovic at the moment.
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Novak Djokovic* 2 - 2 Andy Murray (* denotes server)
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Hold to love. Easy does it. 
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Murray leads Djokovic 2-1 on serve.
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There' s another hold from Murray but his usual sharp focus seems to be coming a bit undone.
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Djokovic quickly holds for 1-1 and is beginning to look like he's quite on top here.
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And he holds! Murray leads 1-0. 

A good response to losing the first set, but there are still some wild, untamed shots - quite uncharacteristic of Murray.
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Andy Murray opens serve in the second set.
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Andy Murray is appearing to get angrier as time passes - a brilliant player, but the errors appear to be getting to him. Djokovic, meanwhile, has appeared to be fairly calm throughout, but like Murray, focused on the task.
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That's the set to Novak Djokovic! He holds serve brilliantly to take the first set 6-3. 
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Novak Djokovic breaks Andy Murray, leads 5-3 and will now serve for the first set.
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At this rate, Djokovic could take part in the decathlon! 
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And THERE we have it! It's the first break of the match, courtesy Novak Djokovic. A solid fight from the Serb, who has gone into full-body stretches, running, sprinting, lunges, all of it.


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Sir Murray is agitated, and yells into the crowd. A hold from Djokovic keeps scores at 4-3.
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This may just be an ATP250 event - meaning, for the uninitiated, that the winner gains 250 points. So it's not much by way of actual scores, but all the prestige and more is at stake here. And it's exactly how both Djokovic and Sir Murray are playing.
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For a minute there, it almost looked like Djokovic could break Murray. Perhaps the best rally of the match so far with 29 shots in all! Murray, Djokovic, both scrambling and making some promising shots, but a wide return from Djokovic gives Murray the game. 3-3.
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And now Djokovic is back with some great drop shots! He's held to love for a 3-2 lead.
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This game's gone fairly quicker than the previous one, with more controlled shots from Murray to race to finish the game. He levels scores at 2-2.
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Djokovic 2 -1 *Murray   (* denotes server)
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The Scot is absolutely brilliant on placement today and almost runs away with it, but a regulation drop shot from Djokovic sees him hold serve.
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Oh oh! A bit of a scare there for Djokovic as Murray takes it to break point. There's a whopper of a fight on here as the ever-agile Djokovic runs, stretches, and gives it all to return those shots.
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The rallies here are getting longer - 23 shots that last one! Phew. 

And here's another long one for game point. Left. Right. Cross court. Everywhere. And Murray sends one up high - and Djokovic sends that into the net trying to return. Game Murray, and scores at 1-1.
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And that's the first game to Novak Djokovic. A lot of long tough rallies there, and Djokovic was great on placement. But Murray's at his athletic best, with a few returns sent wide. After a bit of back and forth it's Djokovic who holds serve for a 1-0 lead. 
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Annnnnd... it's Djokovic to serve! 
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Serbian former tennis professional Dusan Vemic, who is a sometime-coach of Djokovic is on hand today - meanwhile, Jamie Delgado, an integral part of Andy Murray's squad, looks on as his charge hits about. 
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Novak Djokovic still does not have a full-time coach, while Murray is having immense success with Ivan Ljubicic.
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Murray, meanwhile, routed Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-4; Berdych was the third seed behind No. 2 Djokovic.
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Djokovic comes into this match off a semi-final win over Fernando Verdasco of Spain. The Serb staved off a whopping five match points to take that win - a valiant effort but one that may not be the best sign of things to come...
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Both of Murray's wins over Djokovic last year, at the finals of the Rome Masters and then at the ATP World Tour Finals, were straight sets victories - with very similar scorelines.
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The two of them met four times last year - exlcuding the Tour Finals, two of those times at Grand Slam finals. The pair faced off at the Australian Open and the French Open, both of which Djokovic won. 
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Is it still OK to call him Andy, or Murray, or do we now know him as Sir Andy Murray? 

Yup. Sir it is.
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It's Andy Murray who won their last big encounter, though, which was at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last year. That win had sealed the year-end No. 1 title for Murray, who's been in the form of his life of late.
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What a long, long rivalry. And until Murray found the epic form he's in right now, it was dominated by Djokovic. The former World No. 1 (that still sounds funny to the ear, doesn't it?) leads the pair's so far 35-match record 24-11.
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Almost time! It's all coming up to Match Number THIRTY SIX for these two.