|Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on April 6, 2015 at 7:10 AM|
Novak Djokovic celebrates his fifth win in Miami....
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic claimed a piece of tennis history on Sunday at the Miami Open presented by Itaú.
With his seventh straight win over World No. 4 Andy Murray, the Serb captured a fifth crown in South Florida and became the first player to complete the Indian Wells – Miami title sweep three times. He also joins Roger Federer as the only player to accomplish the feat two years in a row.
The 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-0 win marks Djokovic’s third triumph over Murray in 2015, including victories in the Australian Open final and the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals. He now owns an 18-8 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over the Scot.
"I'm trying to enjoy the moment and also utilise this time of my career where I'm probably playing the tennis of my life, and I'm feeling confident and physically fit," he said. "I'm trying to use that. That's what I'm thinking about right now... I am aware that this cannot go forever. There is going to be eventually a change of generations, some players that are going to start playing better and be stronger."
The first set of the final was anything but straightforward, with both players tallying two breaks each before Djokovic clinched the tie-break. Murray temporarily turned the tide, taking the second set with a break at 5-4. Ultimately, Djokovic's momentum, a culmination of his recent performances against Murray and his stellar start to the season, was too much for the Dunblane native to overcome in the final set.
"It was just a physical battle between the two of us that play similar game," Djokovic said. "We haven't served that well, so we haven't had that many free points, as a matter of fact. With first or second serves, we needed to earn every single point, to work for it. That's why this particular match was very tough."
The 27-year-old top seed converted on five of 18 break points en route to the two hour, 36-minute triumph, maintaining a perfect 33-0 record after winning the first set in Miami. Even with a 6-0 final set, Djokovic won just seven more total points than his opponent.
"I just have to try and keep working hard and see if there are a few things I can do differently, which might help," Murray explained. "It's tough, because it was obviously pretty brutal conditions out there. He was stronger than me at the end, for sure."
On Monday, Djokovic will tie Rafael Nadal for the sixth-most weeks at the summit of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since Aug 23, 1973) with 141. With 4,000 points separating him from Federer at No. 2, he has set himself up well to finish at World No. 1 for the fourth time in five years.
With his victory on Sunday, he is just one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title short of Federer's total of 23. Nadal leads the pack with 27 trophies at that level.
Source:- ATP Tennis