Djokovic Tops Murray for Sony Ericsson Crown

by John on April 1, 2012

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defended his title at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami this afternoon, defeating No. 4-seeded Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (4) in convincing fashion. Djokovic joins Andre Agassi (6) and Pete Sampras (3) as the only players with three or more wins at Miami. The 24-year-old Serb also won at Key Biscayne in 2007 — the first of his now 11 Masters Series titles. “Any title is big, and it means a lot,” Djokovic said. “I’ve won three times here. I think that says enough about how I feel playing in Miami. I love the crowd… I have been really playing well in the last couple of years here, so this is going to be very encouraging for me prior to the clay-court season.” The title was the 30th of Djokovic’s career and second this year. Djokovic had Murray on a string for most of the first set, running the Scotsman from side to side, while breaking his serve twice. The second set was tight as a drum and could have gone either way. Lengthy rallies and strong serving prevailed, with no breaks of serve. After trading early mini-breaks in the tiebreaker, Murray double faulted to fall behind 3-2. That proved to be his undoing, as the last six points proceeded on serve. Djokovic closed it out when Murray’s final forehand sailed long. “When he feels the chance, he always grabs it,” Djokovic said. “Luckily for me, I came out with some good serving when I needed to. I think I served over 70 per cent of first serves in, which was really important today to get a couple of free points on that serve and set up a good second shot. I [did] that when I needed to.” Djokovic actually hit 66 percent of his first serves, but won 70 percent of the points on his first and second serves combined. He faced only one break point in the match, that being in the fifth game. Very impressive against a player of Murray’s calibre. “I didn’t return well today, which is normally one of the best parts of my game. That was the difference, in my opinion,” Murray said. “[I was] not getting into enough of his service games because I missed too many returns. If I was able to get into more longer rallies on his service games, then maybe it would have been a different result in the second set.” Djokovic improved to 8-5 lifetime against Murray.

 

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