Here it is just a smidgen over a week into 2017 and it is already appearing as though the year will be a slugfest betwixt Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to determine world men’s tennis dominance.
The two met recently to decide the winner of the 2017 Qatar Open.
Murray qualified by the final with a rather routine win over the third seed, Tomas Berdych, winning 6 – 3, 6 – 4.
Last Year’s winner, Djokovic, supplied quite a bit of drama to reach the final of this year’s Qatar Open, staving off five match points to beat Fernando Verdasco 4 – 6, 7 – 6 (7), 6 – 3.
On the one hand, Murray seems to be a man on a mission. At 30 years of age, he realizes that he has to make best possible use of the next four years if he wants to leave a lasting legacy. On the other hand, Djokovic is starting to reveal chinks in his armour. Verdasco, the 33-year-old Spaniard who currently sits at number 42 in the world rankings, pushed Djokovic much further that could have been expected.
Murray has two Qatar titles to his credit, equivalent with Djokovic. He lost the 2016 final to Djokovic.
This year’s final proved the Djokovic still has the desire to compete, as he took the title from Murray in a 6 – 3, 5 – 7, 6 – 4 victory.