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Sports briefs: Djokovic outlasts Murray in epic Shanghai final
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TENNIS • 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.

Sweden's Blixt wins Frys.com Open

GOLF • Sweden's Jonas Blixt won the Frys.com Open for his first PGA Tour title, holing a 4-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Blixt became third PGA Tour rookie to win this season, closing with a 3-under 68 for a 16-under 268 total. He earned $900,000 in the Fall Series event.

Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak tied for second. Petrovic had a 64, and Kokrak shot a 68.

• In Concord, N.C., Fred Funk won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second Champions Tour title of the year, holing a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Duffy Waldorf by a stroke. The 56-year-old Funk closed with a 3-under 69 on Rock Barn's Jones Course to finish at 15-under 201

Victory puts Vettel in F1 points lead

AUTO RACING • With a third straight victory, Sebastian Vettel is closing in on a third straight Formula One title. The Red Bull driver won the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, South Korea, to move ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the F1 championship standings by six points with four races remaining.

Fever beat Lynx in Game 1 of Finals

WNBA • In Minneapolis, Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Indiana Fever stunned defending champion Minnesota with a 76-70 victory over the Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Tamika Catchings scored 20 points for the Fever. Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

From wire reports

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