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posted by Morning Star in Sport

British No 1 takes the positives for 2017 from Djokovic’s straight-sets victory

ANDY MURRAY believes there is more to come from him in 2017 as he switches focus to success at the Australian Open following a dramatic three-set defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open on Saturday.

Defending champion Djokovic appeared to be heading for a straight-sets win in Doha, but Murray saved three match points before taking the tie to a decider.

The Scot had the first opportunity to break in the final set but he failed to take it and then could not hold a subsequent service game as Djokovic dug in to put himself on course for a 6-3 5-7 6-4 success in a match which lasted almost three hours.

Murray saw plenty of positives despite coming off second best in the first meeting between the two players since the Briton knocked his rival off the world number one spot.

“Physically it was a good test to start the year, and I did good there. Obviously I am disappointed not to win tonight, but I played pretty good the last couple of the matches,”

Murray said at a press conference. “My body feels all right just now, so that’s positive. It was a little bit sore earlier in the week after the first couple of the matches, but I felt better each day and I think it is positive.”

It was a first defeat for Murray following a remarkable run since losing to Juan Martin del Potro when playing for Great Britiain in the semi-final of the Davis Cup in September.

The 29-year-old added: “I still think I have a chance of winning the Australian Open after tonight. I don’t think that changes.”

Djokovic is focused on wrestling back that number one slot from Murray. The Serbian said: “We both felt like if every match we are going to play against each other is going to be this way this season, we are going to have a fun time.

“This was the best scenario I could ask for for the beginning of the season, playing all five matches in this tournament and then three hours against the number one of the world, [my] biggest rival, and winning in a thrilling marathon match,” he said.

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