Murray hammered by Djokovic

Published: Saturday 21st March 2015 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray was comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic in the last four of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The British number one had been impressive en route to a first Masters 1000 semi-final since his win in Miami two years ago, but he had no answer against the world number one.

Murray beat Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in 2013 but has not done so since, Djokovic extending his head-to-head advantage to 17-8 with a sixth successive win.

Murray won the toss and elected to receive serve but it did not pay off, Djokovic holding comfortably before breaking Murray at the first time of asking.

He held firm up to 4-1 and had his second break in game six when Murray netted a forehand.

Murray gave himself some hope by getting a break back, a superb point setting him up at 15-40 even if the game was clinched with a net-cord.

But he crashed straight to 0-40 on his own serve and Djokovic was ruthless, taking advantage of his first set point and consequently all three of his break points in the set.

The second set saw Djokovic again break in the second game, aided by a superb lob to Murray’s backhand corner which sent the game to deuce.

Murray had to work hard in his next service game before holding, and Djokovic then saved two break points to go to 4-1 and on to 5-2.

Murray slipped from 30-0 up to 30-40 and was facing a match point, but forced Djokovic to serve the match out.

The Serbian set up three more match points at 40-0 and though he let two slip away – the first with a double fault – he got across the line.

Published: Saturday 21st March 2015 by The News Editor

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