Sir Andy Murray loses first tournament since becoming a knight of the realm
World number one Sir Andy Murray has lost to Serbian nemesis Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open.
The Scot was sunk 6-3 5-7 6-4 in the absorbing back-and-forth match, ending an incredible 28-game winning streak.
Though the Serb had the upper hand for much of the game, a relentless Murray pushed him all the way to the limit and came back strongly time and again.
Djokovic told EuroSport: “Definitely one of the best ways to start a year. When he turned it around, wow, I thought I hope this is not payback time for yesterday.
“All the way, to the last shot, you never know with Andy … To win here, against the biggest rival, is a dream start.”
In other knight-of-the-realm sporting news, Sir Mo Farah came seventh in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country.
Next up is the more prestigious Australian Open, where Murray will be desperate to come out on top.