Djokovic comes from behind to beat Murray in Shanghai
SHANGHAI – Novak Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before outlasting two-time defending champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 on Sunday in the Shanghai Masters final.
In another entertaining matchup between the two U.S. Open finalists, Djokovic seemed headed for defeat when Murray was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.
But the second-ranked Serb saved one match point in that game before breaking back for 5-5.
He then saved four more in a tense tiebreaker and carried his momentum into the deciding set, breaking the Briton twice to earn his fifth title of the year.
“I won the match. But, you know, as spectators could see, we were very close,” Djokovic said. “It was a very even match throughout the whole three sets. He was so close to the victory that I cannot say I was the better player.”
It was Murray’s first loss in Shanghai in 13 matches.
Watson first British woman to win WTA event in 24 years
OSAKA, Japan – Heather Watson became the first British woman in 24 years to win a WTA title by beating Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan on Sunday in the final of the Japan Open.
Watson outlasted Chang 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (4) in 3 hours, 11 minutes to end the long drought for her country – just three weeks after Laura Robson became the first British woman in 22 years to even reach a WTA final.
The last British woman to win a WTA title was Sara Gomer in 1988.
Red Bull’s Vettel drives to third consecutive victory
YEONGAM, South Korea – With a third consecutive victory, Sebastian Vettel is closing in on a third consecutive Formula One title.
The Red Bull driver won the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday to move ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the F1 championship standings by six points with four races remaining – erasing what looked like a commanding lead for the Spaniard just three weeks ago.
Vettel started second on the grid behind Mark Webber but overtook his teammate on the first turn and never relinquished the lead, finishing 8.2 seconds ahead of Webber.
Alonso was third, 13.9 seconds off the pace.
“The foundation was there with a good start,” Vettel said. “I wasn’t sure because I was starting on the dirty side of the grid, but I was able to get some good grip and get inside at the first turn.”
Vettel, who also won the previous races in Singapore and Japan, now looks to be the favorite for a third series title in a row – something only previously achieved by Juan-Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was fourth, followed by Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing 10th, despite starting third on the grid.
Florida, Kansas State, Notre Dame shuffle top five
The top five in The Associated Press college football poll were rearranged for a second consecutive week, with Florida, Kansas State and Notre Dame moving up in the rankings.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ore-gon hold the top two spots for a fourth week in a row.
The changes came behind them, where the Gators move up one spot to No. 3, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats and fifth-ranked Fighting Irish both jumped two places.
The shuffling comes after a second consecutive Saturday in which multiple top-five teams lost.
South Carolina fell 23-21 at LSU on Saturday night and dropped from No. 3 to No. 9.
West Virginia slid from No. 5 to No. 17 after getting routed 49-14 at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders moved into the rankings at No. 18.