Djokovic masters Miami
Originally published on 03/04/16 00:00
The world No.1 defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 in the final to become the first man to win back-to-back titles in Indian Wells and Miami three years in a row. It was a milestone tournament for Djokovic, who also passed Roger Federer as the all-time ATP prize-money leader, having scooped an astonishing $98,199,548 during his career.
Appearing in his 11th straight Masters 1000 final, Djokovic recovered from an early Nishikori break in blustery conditions to secure a sixth Miami Open title, nine years after he won his first at Crandon Park.
"Every year that I come back to Miami I do go through those memories from back in 2007," said Djokovic. "It was the first Masters 1000 I won and opened a lot of doors for me. It gave me a lot of self-belief. I started to realise that I'm able to win the big trophies and to beat the best players in the world.
"So of course this is a special place for me to come back to, now winning it six times. Obviously I don't take any win for granted and especially in the big ones. So it was my best performance of the tournament. It came at the right time against a great quality player."
With 28 Masters 1000 titles, Djokovic passed Rafael Nadal’s previous record of 27. He also passed coach Boris Becker in the Open Era match wins list, moving to 11th place with his 714th victory.