Murray beats Djokovic to reach Dubai final
Andy Murray beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5 in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday.
Djokovic started strongly, holding his opening two service games to love in the duo's first meeting since the Serb triumphed in an epic five-set semi-final at the Australian Open in January.
But from 2-2, a pumped-up Murray then won seven games in a row to claim the first set and go 3-0 up in the second on a balmy evening in Dubai.
Murray served for the match at 5-3, but the world number four seemed nervous, double-faulting as Djokovic earned two break points.
A netted backhand from the Briton then enabled Djokovic to pull it back to 5-4 and the set appeared to be heading for a tiebreak. However, Murray roused himself to break again and seal victory after the Serb clubbed a forehand into the net.
Murray will now play the winner of Friday's other semi-final between 16-times grand slam winner Roger Federer and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.