Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Qatar Open title by beating top-seeded Andy Murray, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, in the final on Saturday.
The dramatic match showcased the best of men's tennis for 2 hours, 54 minutes. Djokovic needed four match points - three in the second set and one in the third - to prevail. He was also fortunate not to be defaulted for accidentally hitting a woman in the stands with a ball hit in anger.
“Best scenario I could ask for for beginning of the season,” Djokovic said.
“Playing all five matches in this tournament and then three hours against No. 1 of the world, (my) biggest rival, and winning in a thrilling...