Murray: I'm still the man to beat

Novak Djokovic

Sir Andy Murray has admitted to having reservations about accepting a knighthood because he was anxious it would "distract" him from his goal of remaining the world's No1 player and winning further grand slam titles.

Serving for the match, Djokovic secured the title on his fourth match point, having squandered three in the second set when Murray astonishingly recovered from 5-4 down and 40-15 to win three games in a row and force, at that point, an unlikely deciding set. But once he gets going he's nearly impossible to stop and we saw the form a year ago; the semi-final and final was absolutely breathtaking tennis.

Murray might have gained greater confidence with Djokovic's drop, and it's hardly surprising that he found more stability and titles since his reunion with coach Ivan Lendl.

The29-year-old, who has claimed three Grand Slam titles, has a number of ambitions when he stops playing including moving into another sport.

Djokovic, whose long stay at the top of the rankings was ended by Murray last November, is raring to go as he gears up for a tournament he has won in five of the last six years.

The second warning resulted when Djokovic smashed his racket in frustration at 40-30 to end the 11th game of the second set prematurely. They are now the top two players in men's singles tennis.

"Best scenario I could ask for at the beginning of the season", he said.

It is Djokovic's 25th career victory over Murray and put down an early-season marker against his British rival before the Australian Open later this month.

When Djokovic's play dropped following the French Open, it wasn't Murray who did the most damage. His precise shots and returns have been at his best with a recent 28-match winning streak.

Murray finally capitalized on his fourth break point - second in that 10th game - with an inside out forehand victor.

"This is the year in 2017 for seven, seven - I don't know, I'm not a numerologist, but it sounds good".

"Still think there are things I can do better". I have to be more careful I guess.

"Against Novak [in Doha] I was actually pretty good when I started moving forward, dictated quite a few points, but not as much as I would have liked". The last time Murray managed that was in 2012.

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