Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray: Highlights From The 2015 Paris Masters

  • Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray: Highlights From The 2015 Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray: Highlights From The 2015 Paris Masters

He has only dropped one set since the start of September. "Since the beginning of past year, my results against him and Roger [Federer], from my perspective, haven't been good enough".

"I need to do better in those match-ups".

But, the Brit says he needs to look hard at his game if he is to find a way to beat either of the world's top two players on a more regular basis. "They are two of the greatest players of all time, so it's not like there is any disgrace in losing to them".

He has beaten Djokovic only once since his Wimbledon triumph in 2013 - and has also lost his last five matches to Roger Federer. If every shot was not on the money, Djokovic could - and would - pounce. Another sequence of unforced errors gifted Djokovic the second break at 4-2.

Wawrinka made him pay, breaking him in the seventh game of the second set after Nadal double-faulted.

Pummeling forehands into opposite corners that sent his opponent careening in pursuit, Djokovic scored his third break for a 2-1 second-set lead.

Djokovic broke Murray at love in the third game, and the Briton had to save three break points in the fifth. Murray did manage to save himself by holding a long game for 2-3, which allowed him to keep within striking distance for the set. He held his final two service games in comfortable fashion to wrap up the match in straight sets. I do it at the right time in the practice sessions but I've to be careful not to offend anybody'.

The margins were that narrow: one missed return, missed by fractions of an inch, separated the champion from the runner-up.

Djokovic played in all the Masters finals this season, winning the first three in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo, then prevailing in Rome and Shanghai.

"I played the match of my life against Novak (in the French Open final), but this match will be completely different".

"If you are going for the perfection, you might reach excellence", said the Serb after taking just 93 minutes to dispatch Murray. "I was happy with the way I recovered from the [quarterfinal] match against Richard [Gasquet] because I struggled a bit with my back in that one and actually pulled up pretty well after that". "I try to work on that all the time, because I know that is the only way I'm managing to stay successful", said the 28-year-old Djokovic after playing in his 14th straight tournament final this year. "But I still felt like I was hitting the ball well". Several coaches, people, mentors that have shaped me into the person and player I am today. He falls to 35-17 in tour-level finals and 11-5 on the Masters 1000 stage, taking home €320,500 and 600 Emirates ATP Rankings points.