Shilpa C, Apeejay Institute Of Mass Communication

Andy Murray, the triple Grand Slam finalist from Scotland, achieved a measure of revenge over Novak Djokovic, the triple Grand Slam titleholder from Serbia, when he ended Djokovic’s three-year winning sequence in theDubai Open on Friday.

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Murray, who was narrowly beaten  Djokovic in the semi-finals Australian Open, overcame his great rival  in another semi-final.

“It’s obviously great any time you beat the world number one,” Murray said. “I just tried to do some of the same things I did in Australia.

“I was very close there against one of the greatest players ever, and today I did what I needed to – even though it nearly got away from me at the end.”

He was helped when after a quarter of an hour Djokovic, who started boldly, suddenly and unexpectedly faltered.

He won the first ten points behind his serve, and had just delivered two hurtling aces down the middle, when four relatively unforced errors poured from the champion’s racket.

They were all ground-stroking flaws, in the face of steady but not time-denying drives from Murray, who found himself with a psychologically valuable break of serve for 4-2.

 Djokovic, the Laureus World sportsman of the Year and the recipient of Serbia’s highest civil award, fell to defeat in his first tournament.

Djokovic said he had simply lost to the better player on the day.  “But generally I feel good, physically, mentally, you know. It’s just the start of the season. You know, there are some 1000 events (Indian Wells and Miami) coming up which are really important, and I need to get ready.”