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His unbeaten streak this season has been stopped at ten, but Novak Djokovic remains optimistic for the rest of his season after losing a semi-final at the Dubai Championships to Andy Murray.
After winning the last three editions of the event, the world number one Serb was disappointed but respectful of the Scot who beat him after losing three of their last four meetings. "I was fighting for it, but Andy played a great match, he was the better player today. He was serving really well. I made a lot of unforced errors when it was important. But, look, this is sport. It's normal that in some matches you can't pull out your best when you need to."
Djokovic has made a habit of escaping from near-impossible situations in recent months after winning 10 titles in 2011 including three of the four majors. But that scenario did not play out in the emirate. "I tried to be more aggressive, but I did that because I didn't feel really comfortable from the baseline. I wasn't really moving well, I didn't have much rhythm."
The Serb has always said it would likely be impossible for him to duplicate his domination from a 2011. "It's a new year for me, it's been a great tournament here in Dubai.
"I'm looking forward to Indian Wells, Miami, which are next tournaments, next challenges. I think I have more than enough time to get ready for it. I'm feeling good on the court, aside of this match. Generally I feel good, physically, mentally.
"It's just the start of the season. There are two Masters 1000 events coming up which are really important, and I need to get ready."