Djokovic beats Nadal to lift Miami crown
Originally published on 31/03/14
The world No.2 marched to a 6-3 6-3 victory to secure the Indian Wells-Miami double for a second time, having previously achieved the feat in 2011. Roger Federer is the only other player to have won back-to-back titles at the ATP Masters 1000 events twice.
Djokovic saved break point in the opening game, but Nadal never had another opportunity to break as the Serb roared to a dominant victory in 84 minutes.
"It's been a fantastic tournament, a very enjoyable time as it always is in Miami," said Djokovic who has won 18 of his last 19 matches at Crandon Park. "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 centre court."
By reclaiming the title from 2013 champion Andy Murray (he beat the Scot in the quarter-finals), Djokovic has won the past four ATP Masters 1000 titles. Between him and Nadal, they hold all nine Masters titles, with Nadal set to defend his Monte Carlo title in a fortnight’s time.
"No frustration,” said Nadal. “That's tennis. I played a few games and a few points with right way, with right intensity. But for the rest, easy to analyse. The opponent was better than me. That's it."