January 6, 2017 / 8:11 PM / in a year

Murray and Djokovic face off in Doha final

(Reuters) - Andy Murray and champion Novak Djokovic will go toe-to-toe in the Qatar Open final after the world’s top two players laid down their markers for the 2017 season.

Tennis - Qatar Open - Men's singles semi-finals - Fernando Verdasco of Spain v Novak Djokovic of Serbia - Doha, Qatar - 6/1/2017 - Djokovic celebrates after winning. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

World number one Murray swept aside Czech third seed Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-4 to record his 28th consecutive victory and will be targetting a sixth title in succession on Saturday.

Djokovic, who was deposed as world number one by Murray in November and was beaten by the Scot in their last showdown -- in the title match of the 2016 season-ending ATP World Tour Finals - will be hoping to avoid the hiccups he faced against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Friday’s semi-final.

The Serb saved five match points to stay alive before eventually subduing Verdasco 4-6 7-6(7) 6-3.

Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Toby Davis

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