Andy Murray's golden 2012 ground to a halt in Shanghai on Sunday as Novak Djokovic exacted revenge for his US Open final defeat by saving five match points to win the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday.

In their first meeting since Murray's win in the US Open final, Djokovic prevailed 5-7 7-6 (13-11) 6-3.

Serbian Djokovic was a set behind and 3-5 down, but fought back to force a tiebreak, which saw both players put on a world-class display of serves and passing shots.

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Djokovic saved five championship points on his way to victory

During the tiebreak Murray had five championship points, but failed to convert any of them, with Djokovic eventually prevailing.

Murray was so angry with himself that he smashed his racked on the court, leaving the frame badly buckled.

A new racket didn't help, and Djokovic rarely looked troubled in the deciding third set.

After his win, Djokovic said: "Three-and-a-half hours for best of three is quite long. But I have got used to it.

"Whenever I play Andy I know it's going to be a gruelling fight, a lot of long rallies. It could have gone either way.

"I could not say I dominated the match because all three sets were very close and he had some match points and opportunities to finish the match. I could have easily been a runner-up today but I'm very proud of my fight."

Emotions were running sky high, with Djokovic at one stage also attacking his racket with three hefty smashes before tossing it towards his chair, receiving a warning for his outburst.

Murray said: "It was a disappointing one to lose but I've lost tougher matches than that before, in the biggest events, so I'm sure I'll recover from it pretty well.

"It was literally the difference of one, two centimetres [between] winning the match and losing it. You have to put things into perspective. It was obviously a bit frustrating but it was so close and could have been a different outcome.

"The third set, he played better than me. When I had my chances he served very well and hit the lines when he needed to.

"Most of our games have been tight, close matches but I feel like my game is there."

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  • Andy Murray

    Andy Murray of Britain smashes a racket after losing a point to Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the men's singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Andy Murray of Britain hold their trophies at the award ceremony of the men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray, foreground, of Britain compete in their men's singles final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Djokovic won 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts as he lost a point against Andy Murray of Britain in the men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Djokovic won 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3. (AP Photo)

  • Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after winning the men's singles match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds up the champion trophy during the award ceremony of the men's singles title at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Djokovic beat Andy Murray of Britain 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 in their final match. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

  • Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Andy Murray of Britain prepare their men's singles final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Djokovic won 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

  • Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning the men's singles final match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Djokovic won 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3. (AP Photo)

  • Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Andy Murray of Britain, second from right, hand their trophies to the hostesses during the award ceremony for the men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the champion trophy during the award ceremony for the men's singles match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Djokovic won 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3. (AP Photo)