Djokovic Dominates Nadal to Win Sony Open Crown

by John on March 30, 2014

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Novak Djokovic won the Indian Wells-Miami double for the second time Sunday afternoon, thoroughly dismantling top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Sony Open in Miami. Djokovic also pulled off the double in 2011 and joins Roger Federer (2005-06) as the only other player to win the Masters series titles at Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back twice. Djokovic was devastating in winning the Miami championship for the fourth time, while hoisting his 18th Masters series trophy, third behind Nadal (26) and Federer (21). Nadal remains winless in four finals at Crandon Park. ESPN commentator and former player Darren Cahill called the win, “Djokovic’s most comprehensive performance against Nadal ever.” The No. 2-ranked Serb improved to 18-22 against Nadal. “It’s been a fantastic tournament, a very enjoyable time as it always is in Miami,” Djokovic said. “I played a great match, from the start to the end everything was working really well. It’s always a challenge and a pleasure to play against Rafa. Back in 2007 I won my first big title here in Miami and I have the greatest memories from this center court.” The only real trouble Nole faced in the whole match was in the first game, when he had to stave off a break point to avoid dropping serve at the outset. Djokovic broke in the sixth game to lead 4-2 and served it out to take the opener. While not out of the match, Nadal was nonetheless befuddled by Nole’s precision and execution. He stayed well behind the baseline to return and often was on the defensive from there. Djokovic crowded the baseline to take time away from his opponent and force rushed shots. The strategy worked like a master plan. Djokovic broke in the opening game of the second set and kept the pressure coming. The Serb forced a break point in the fifth game, but Nadal managed to hold. Djokovic attacked Nadal’s serve again in the eighth game to earn two more break points. He cashed his first match point after a stunning 30-shot rally that ended with a half-volley into the open court. Championship point and point of the match all in one. It was over in one hour and 24 minutes. Djokovic served five aces to two for Nadal, and won 85 percent of the points on his first serve. Nadal won just 59 percent. Djokovic hit 22 winners to 15 for Nadal and committed 14 unforced errors to 20 for his opponent.

 

 

 

 

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Heidi Schultz March 31, 2014 at 9:33 am

Great read! Loved the picture too.

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