World number one Novak Djokovic once again proved to much for Andy Murray as he captured his third Miami Masters title and second win over the Scot this year. The world number 1 won 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in two hours and 18 minutes.
Murray had lost in the first round of the previous two years in Miami, so his run to the final, which included to byes will see him gain 600 ranking points.
The last time these two met in Miami Murray beat Djokovic in the 2009 final. This year however we are dealing with Djokovic 2.0 as he continues to dominate men’s tennis. This was Djokovic’s 6th Masters title in the last 13 months.
Murray was competing in only his fourth match of this years Miami event, compared with Djokovic’s sixth. Milos Raonic pulled out before Murray was set to meet him in the third-round and world number 2 Rafael Nadal withdrew from the pairs semi-final with a knee problem.
Time off does not always suit Murray though, you will often see him struggle in the first match of events after a periods of rest and it looked like the rest in Miami was not helpful to Murray as he was beaten convincingly in the first set. Murray fared better in the second but he could not muster one break point chance all match.
The conditions were tough, There were lots of really long points and it was a long match. Novak deserved to win today and has played the best tennis all week. In the first set I didn’t serve or return well. In the second set I got into more of his service games but he played really, really well.
Djokovic now leads Murray 8-5 in their head to head record.
Djokovic joins Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras as the only men to win three or more Miami titles. He also moves to joint 4th in the all time number of wins in Masters events with 11 title equalling Pete Sampras and is now just behind Nadal, Federer and Agassi. He is also the first back-to-back champion since Roger Federer in 2005-06.