Djokovic Makes Double Magic Happen in Miami
Novak Djokovic knows no bounds in conquering the tennis planet.
And the world's most dominating player has struck again.
This time, the location was Crandon Park in Miami, and his newest victim was arch-rival Andy Murray. After 170 minutes in unpleasantly hot and humid conditions, it was the Serb who had the edge and extra energy to register a 7-6 4-6 6-0 decision.
Murray tried to rush the net against Djokovic from the start. It's a good tactic. The World No 1 is a mastermind from the baseline, where opponents can't push him into an extra shot, but he can be troubled when net play is involved. But it's an energy burner.
In spite of the heavy conditions, Murray was determined to stick with his plan, and early on, Djokovic was indeed unsettled. Just ask the ball boy.
Attrition ultimately took its toll on the Scot. By the deciding set, Murray's aggressive approach had clearly exhausted him. Not much had changed, then, since the Australian Open finals, when he was struggling to barely move at the end. Meanwhile, Djokovic looked like the guy who could've been ready to play another match right afterward:
Djokovic took the final set without even giving his opponent a sniff at hope. He was the one who raised the stakes and dictated the play.
After making a case for knighthood by winning Wimbledon in 2013, this was Murray's seventh consecutive loss against Djokovic. At least he's still got a sense of humor about it:
Glory-wise, this was 51st career title for Djokovic and his 22nd in Masters 1000 competition. He's now the first player ever to win the Indian Wells-Miami Masters double three times in a row.
Fairly impressive for a 27-year-old veteran, as they call him these days.