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But then into the net from Murray, Long from Djokovic, he slams his racket into the ground and the umpire awards a penalty point to Murray. Djokovic was already on a warning for previously smashing the ball after a rally.
Murray squeaks ahead in the set. Djokovic feeling the pressure? He double faults at and lets Murray back into it. He gets on the defensive, Murray takes the game to him and brings it level. Then a ferocious winner hits the line and he has break point. Djokovic probing, defensive, and in the end finds the angle he needs. Murray could have been a little more ambitious there. Big serve from Djokovic, Murray on the stretch plays it long. Match point No 2. Murray plays it well, forces Djokovic into the net with a deep shot into the base line.
Phenomenal defence from Murray but he can't quite hang on, Djokovic overhead brings a third match point. Murray gets away with it, he should have put it away on the overhead but he forces Djokovic wide again and into the net.
Sensational fightback from the world No 1. And he lifts the crowd on his way back to the baseline. Winner hits the tramline, and we are back on serve. Djokovic is two games away from dealing the first blow of But he doesn't finish off Murray, who moves well across the court and makes the passing shot to strike first.
And he draws level, a difficult overhead but he produces the goods, hitting the line. Murray goes long, the errors creeping in as the match goes on. Djokovic now has game point, Murray has had his chances in this game. And into the net tamely, he will serve to stay in the match. Some concern for Djokovic, who bangs his head on the hard court as he takes a tumble on the baseline. Murray is over the other side of the net but the Serb is fine to continue.
And then fights back to lead Long and wild from Murray and all of a sudden two break points for Djokovic First one is prevented, Djokovic forced into the tramlines. Double fault, and Djokovic has the break. Murray, after going so close to break in the previous game, folds.
Really good work from Murray on a long rally and he forces Djokovic to net. Early advantage for the Scot But Djokovic hits back, going deep and finding a volleyed winner. He looks to go down the line again but goes wide, a rare stray shot. Hint of an opening for Murray, he almost has two break points but he hits a passing shot just wide.
Down the line from Murray, taking it to the Serb now, on the stretch he gets it back but Murray volleys a winner to set up break point. But foiled for the second time, into the net. And long in the subsequent rally, advantage Djokovic. But Murray brings it back to deuce as Djokovic goes wide. Second serve, Murray smacks a forehand into the net And a huge stroke of fortune, net cord as he is bullied all over the court by Djokovic, brings him back to deuce.
The Serb was all over him in that rally. Big shot down the line, Murray can only hoik the ball wide of the tramlines in response.
Brutal shot into the corner from Djokovic, he holds magnificently. Murray into the net, doesn't let Djokovic attack the second serve and he dead bats a volley back. Then some great scampering across the court forces Djokovic to play an extra shot and he's able to move up.
Djokovic holds on his serve with ease, difficult for Murray to create opportunities to break for quite some time now. Murray upping the ante a little and he moves to with a wonderfully delicate volley that Djokovic can't reach before the second bounce. And it's three game points as Djokovic finds the net.
Murray looking much better at the start of the second, and he wins a crucial long rally. Matching Djokovic shot for shot he forces him into the net. He really capitulated at the end of that first set, but he's off the mark in the opening game of the second.
Into the tramlines from Djokovic, and Murray. Backhand into the net from the Serb, Murray has and a chance to strike first. Which he does with an ace. Very surprised at the way Murray subsided in that set towards the end. The stakes are not that high in this match specifically, but it would be a big psychological boost for Djokovic if he can get another set and consign what happened at the 02 to history. His forehand has been the more penetrating, his whole game much more formidable than yesterday versus Verdasco.
Murray has frittered this first set away. Long, wide, into the net. Three set points for Djokovic and a blistering forehand down the line seals it.
Big serve on from Murray, into Djokovic's body forces him to return into the tramlines. He should make sure of the game but as he goes to hit a back hand into the open court it strikes the top of the net cord. And long from Murray, a wild shot and we have deuce. Long on the forehand, three points lost in a row after that careless backhand into the net and a first break point for the Serb.
Djokovic takes the opening point on serve with an overhead to end another thrilling rally. Tennis of the highest order in patches here. Murray drifts long on back hand and some breathing space for the Serb at Into the net from Murray as Djokovic injects power into the rally. Three game points, 10 points in a row on serve for the world No Djokovic's right thumb is still giving him some discomfort, the trainer was on and then off again.
Maybe more treatment will follow during the next change of ends. Djokovic wide into the tramlines, Murray strikes first. But Djokovic bounces back and moves with a fine lob that bounces comfortably inside the base line too. Ace down the line from Murray, his second of the match. Into the net from the Serb, gift of a point for Murray. His seventh unforced error so far in this match. Wide from Murray though, and it's deuce. Outrageous drop shot from Murray, the 29th shot of an extraordinary rally wins him the point.
The Serb thought he'd won the point with a ferocious forehand down the line but Murray dug it our well. Strong response from Djokovic and he races to with a disguised drop shot that sends Murray completely the wrong way.
Djokovic holds, his most comfortable service game by far. Murray holds to Some impressive hitting so far, good use of the drop shot and forcing Djokovic long and wide on occasion.
A double fault on game point means he holds to Only a momentary break and we are back underway with the Serb taped up now. Overhead from Djokovic but we have deuce again. A long rally, probably the longest so far, and Murray takes control, winning it with a fierce down the line back hand that Djokovic can't respond to.
He's slinging that back hand down now and Djokovic can't handle it. But it's a delicious drop shout that gives the world No 1 the first break point. Big serve from Novak down the tee and it's deuce again. Djokovic into the corner goes up, but a sledgehammer blow from Murray's backhand forces Djokovic wide and into the net. Djokovic into the net and he slams a winner cross court with Murray on the run.
But into the top of the net cord from Djokovic The umpire announces his finger is bleeding Djokovic looking good in these early stages, an overhead at the net takes him to But Murray fights back, and brings game point as Djokovic goes long on the return. And he takes it, a lovely lob is just too good for Djokovic who can only tamely volley low into the net.
And we have deuce as Djokovic nets on game point. Murray nets on deuce, and it's advantage to the Serb. Another long rally and into the net from the world No 2. Successful appeal from Djokovic after a first serve ace was called out, it brushed the line on the T. And he takes the game, forcing Murray wide and into the net. Andy Murray has pretty much sailed into the final in Doha. He thumped Jeremy Chardy in straight sets, battled past Gerard Melzer and then beat Nicolas Almagro to reach the semi final stage.
A victory over Tomas Berdych in straight sets saw him into today's final. Novak Djokovic has hardly set the world alight on his way to the final. He then survived five match points before finally seeing off Fernando Verdasco and sealing his place in the final.
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