Djokovic Beats Murray to Win Miami Title for 3rd Time


World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) on Sunday to win his second straight ATP Miami Masters title and third overall.

Djokovic, who won here for the first time in 2007, became just the third man to win the title three or more times, along with Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

Agassi won six Miami titles and Sampras three.

For his third straight match, Djokovic cruised through the first set before finding himself in a tense tussle in the second.

However, even though the second set went with serve until the tie-breaker, it was Murray who was under pressure most, fighting off break points in three of his service games.

"I thought I played a great match from start to end," Djokovic said. "There was a couple of service games I had a chance to break him in the second set. He's such a quality player, you never know."

Murray had beaten Australian Open champion Djokovic in the semi-finals at Dubai in February, and Djokovic was upset by American John Isner in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters last week.

Djokovic said that made this win, which made him the first man since Roger Federer in 2006 to successfully defend the Miami crown, all the sweeter.

"I had a great tournament after that tough loss in the semifinals at Indian Wells," he said.

Murray, who beat Djokovic in the 2009 Miami final, was playing his first match since Wednesday, when he downed Janko Tipsarevic in the quarter-finals.

He advanced to the title match on a walkover when world number two Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal with a left knee injury.

Oddly, that was Murray's second walkover of the tournament, after Canadian Milos Raonic pulled out of their scheduled third-round clash with an ankle injury.