Shanghai, China (Sports Network) - Novak Djokovic saved five match points and gutted out a three-set win over Andy Murray to capture the Shanghai Masters title for the first time.
Djokovic rallied for a 5-7, 7-6 (13-11), 6-3 win in Sunday's final to claim his 33rd career title and fifth of 2012. He also won last week in Beijing and has won 10 straight matches since a loss to Murray in the final of the U.S. Open last month.
That five-set match at Flushing Meadows included a marathon 22-point tiebreaker that Murray won. Sunday's 24-point tiebreak went in Djokovic's favor and propelled him to his tour-leading 70th match win of the year, while ending Murray's two-year reign as Shanghai champ.
Murray was gunning for his fourth title of 2012, having captured an Australian Open tune-up in Brisbane and the London Olympics gold medal before his breakthrough Grand Slam crown in New York. He was a semifinal loser last week in Japan and fell to 3-4 in title matches this year.
Djokovic, now 5-5 in finals this year, improved to 9-7 all-time against Murray, including 3-3 in 2012. The Serb also beat Murray in a semifinal at the Australian Open and the final at the Miami Masters, while the Scot triumphed in the Dubai semifinals and Olympic semis before also winning at the U.S. Open.
Djokovic's five wins this year tie him with David Ferrer for second-most on the ATP World Tour, trailing only the six titles won by Roger Federer. Murray beat the Swiss superstar in the semifinals on Saturday.
Sunday's title was the 13th Masters 1000 crown for Djokovic, who claimed a first prize of $669,450.