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Djokovic saves five match points against Verdasco

The Serbian world number two clawed his way back into his match against the Spaniard by saving four consecutive match points.

Novak Djokovic saved five match points against world number 42 Fernando Verdasco on Friday to reach the Qatar Open final where he could meet world number one Andy Murray.

Djokovic won a thrilling match 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 to progress to his second successive final in Doha but was earlier on the brink of a straight sets defeat as he trailed in the second set tie-break.

But through a combination of typical Djokovic grit and Verdasco errors he saved four match points at 6-2 down in the tiebreak and another when 7-6 behind.

"It's definitely one of the most exciting matches I have played," Djokovic said after coming back from five match points down for just the third time in his career.

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