Novak Djokovic leaves China with an undefeated 10-0 record after defeating fellow HEAD racquet rebel Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3 to win the Shanghai Rolex ATP Masters 1000 after saving five match points in the thrilling struggle lasting three and a half hours. The title was the 33rd in Djokovic’s career, who has won five trophies this season with his YouTek IG Speed MP 18/20 and is moving closer to hopefully ending the season on the ATP No. 1 ranking. Djokovic became the third man to play finals in all nine Masters 1000 events, winning titles in seven of them.
Djokovic beat his long-time Scottish rival after losing his last two matches against Murray. The Scot swung his YouTek IG Radical Pro to victories in an Olympic semi-final and the US Open final, which marked the career Grand Slam trophy breakthrough for the world No. 3.
Djokovic, who now holds 13 Masters Cup shields, also won in Beijing a week earlier. The Serb defended another four match points in the second-set tiebreaker, and broke Murray twice in the final set to earn the win. "The match could have gone either way. I can't say I dominated since all three sets were very close and he had some match points and opportunities to finish the match," said Djokovic who claimed victory against Tomas Berdych in the semi finals. "I could have easily been a runner-up today but I'm very proud of my fight back. It was a thrilling match. It's always tough against Andy."
Murray has been hoping for a third straight title in Shanghai. "It was a disappointing one to lose but I've lost tougher matches than that before. I'm sure I'll recover from it well."
Djokovic knows he is in a string position heading into the final weeks of the ATP season. "I feel good. I've been winning a lot of matches lately, so that's always welcome when you want to have confidence, when you want to feel good about yourself on the court. Winning matches is the ultimate goal for every athlete. That's what it's like in this moment. I try not to think about the long season that is behind me. There are still a couple of big tournaments where I want to do well."