Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/14/12
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From the get-go, this was jaw dropping stuff. This was 21st-century tennis played amidst the 21st-century city of Shanghai between two players who seem destined to continue a rivalry that will capture the imagination of the sporting world. Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 on Sunday in the Shanghai Open final in a shortened version of their five-set marathon at the US Open, but it was not just the fact that the Serb had to save five match points to do it that had the packed stadium roaring its approval throughout the 3 hours and 21 minutes of high drama and breathtaking tennis. "Both of us played some unbelievable tennis at times," Murray said in a postmatch news conference. "Two centimeters between winning the match and losing it. You have to put things in perspective." Djokovic refused to gloat after beating an opponent he has considered a friend since childhood. "When I play Andy, I know it's going to be a grueling fight with a lot of long rallies," he said. "...
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