Dubai: 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 semifinal 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 semifinal between 16-times grand slam winner Roger Federer and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.