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Murray buoyed by Djokovic scalp

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Andy Murray says there are huge positives to take from his victory over Novak Djokovic, the Scot delighted he could beat the world No. 1 despite "not playing my best tennis".

Third seed Murray exacted revenge for his Australian Open defeat to the Serb, prevailing 6-2 7-5 to book a place in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.

Murray broke twice in the first set and, although he had a wobble late in the second, he fended off his opponent's comeback to snap the Serb's 18-match unbeaten run.

"It's obviously great any time you beat the world No. 1," Murray said. "I just tried to do some of the same things I did in Australia.

"I was very close there against one of the greatest players ever, and today I did what I needed to - even though it nearly got away from me at the end."

Speaking to atptour.com, he added: "The first set I served very well and was aggressive when I had my chances. In the second set he started going for more and making mistakes because of that, because it's tough to always grind out matches. I think that was the difference."

Despite his level dipping before eventually getting over the line in the second set, Murray was pleased with the fact he pulled through without having hit peak form.

"It wasn't an amazing standard," he said. "I still think I could've played better as well. I'm sure Novak feels the same. So that's actually a good sign for me that maybe not playing my best tennis I could still win against him."

Djokovic was complimentary of Murray's performance, and said the upcoming ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events would be his next primary focus.

"Andy played a great match," he said. "He was the better player today. He was serving really well. I made a lot of unforced errors when it was important. It's been a great tournament here in Dubai. Look forward to Indian Wells, Miami, which are the next tournaments, next challenges. I think I have more than enough time to get ready for it."

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