Novak Djokovic has beaten defending champion Andy Murray in the final of the Madrid Open.
Despite putting up a brilliant fight, Djokovic showed second seed Andy Murray why he’s the world number one again tonight making it 12 victories for the Serb in their last 13 clashes.
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By taking the victory, Djokovic also broke Raphael Nadal’s hold on the world record for most ATP Masters 1000 titles.
Novak Djokovic has now won 29 titles.
Paradoxically the hurt continues for Murray; as well as losing the title this result will see him slip down to third in the world rankings.
Roger Federer will take his place as second seed from tomorrow onwards.
Murray was overcome by Djokovic’s power and accuracy in the opening game.
The Serb broke Murray’s serve and then applied intense pressure to his second, earning him a double break.
Djokovic took just 31 minutes to take the first set 6-2.
The defending champion was far from out though and fought back hard in the second set.
Murray appeared to have upped his game in the face of adversity and the Scot’s serve was much more effective in the second game.
Djokovic seemed rattled in the following game, resulting in a few errors creeping in, and he served a double-fault which was broken.
Murray took the set 3-6.
With all to play for for both players, battle really commenced in the third set.
The world number one missed crucial opportunities to finish the match, and needed just one of two break points after an early lead.
Murray ramped up the pressure though and Djokovic served another double-fault.
With the score at 2-2, despite Murray pushing him, Djokovic showed why he is the best in the world and regained his composure and brutal accuracy.
The two gave it their everything in the 14 minute final game, but Djokovic emerged supreme.
The final score was 6-2 3-6 6-3.
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