Novak Djokovic, the world number one, defeated Britain’s number one, Andy Murray, in a brutal three-set final in Miami. Djokovic came through the heat to win 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-0, and collect his fifth title at Crandon Park. He became the first man to win back-to-back at Indian Wells and Miami for the third time in his career.
The 27 year-old Serb now takes his head-to-head record with Murray to 18-8; this is his seven win in a row against the Scot. This is also his 51st ATP Tour title, and the 22nd Masters’ title - just one behind Federer’s total of Masters’ titles and five behind Nadal.
Murray last suffered a loss to Djokovic at Indian Wells a fortnight ago and was now looking ready for the Serb; he was determined to play more aggressively and attack Djokovic on the return of his serve. The Scot twice led by a break in the first set, but saw leads disappear, as the set went into a tie-breaker, which Djokovic winning comfortably 7-3.
The encounter became really punishing in the second set, as Djokovic and Murray both showed signs of irritation. It was finally 6-4 to Murray; the Scot looked to have been inspired against a player so ruthless at closing out matched.
Nevertheless, Djokovic took firm control, when the play resumed again, and then broke a tired looking Murray in the first game of the third set. It was all one way traffic thereafter; the Serb managed the double break, to make it 3-0 in the final set; before the finished off the Brit with a “bagel” scoreline 6 -0, as he did in the Australian Open Final.
The match approached three hours and, no doubt, both Djokovic and Murray will need a good break before the clay court season starts in Europe. The future is looking good for both players: Djokovic now tied Rafael Nadal’s total of 141 weeks at world number one, and his record for 2015 looks good, as he won 25 matches and lost only two. Murray moved up from fourth to third in the world rankings, having reached the Miami final; the Scot is also getting married to Kim Sears this Saturday. #Tennis