KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Hot though happy, Novak Djokovic had usually begun celebrating his latest championship when he tossed his towel and sweatbands into a crowd. They were slimy souvenirs for sure.
Djokovic warranted his fifth Key Biscayne pretension Sunday, violence Andy Murray for a seventh uninterrupted time by display higher stamina in a subtropical feverishness to win a Miami Open final 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0.
Murray pennyless in a final diversion of a second set to even a match, though sleepy afterwards became a cause on a sunny, humid, 80-degree afternoon. Djokovic was a fitter actor down a stretch.
“It was brutal. It’s really warm,” Djokovic said. “I was prepared for a earthy battle. But it’s one thing to ready and another thing to knowledge it on a court. we was awaiting really prolonged rallies and usually managed to play a third set a approach we was ostensible to, and I’m anxious with this win.”
The top-ranked Djokovic became a initial male to finish a Indian Wells-Key Biscayne open brush 3 times. He kick Murray in a Indian Wells semifinals and in a Australian Open final for his eighth Grand Slam pretension dual months ago.
Murray fell to 8-18 opposite Djokovic.
“I’m not utterly there with Novak yet, though we feel like I’m removing a small closer,” Murray pronounced with a chuckle. “I’m contemptible we couldn’t make some-more of a quarrel of it in a third set. we was trying. My legs were tired, and we couldn’t utterly finish tough enough.”
Murray will stand from fourth to third in a new rankings, though he has mislaid 12 uninterrupted matches to his biggest rivals — Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — given winning Wimbledon in 2013 by violence Djokovic in a final.
In a final set, Murray strike dual sap backhands into a net to remove offer and tumble behind 1-0. Two games later, he saved 5 mangle points before transfer another backhand into a net to go down 3-0, and Djokovic simply sealed out a win.
Djokovic’s fresher legs during a finish of a 2-hour, 47-minute compare were generally considerable since Murray lives in Miami and is some-more accustomed to a South Florida heat.
“I wasn’t feeling good during all on a court,” Djokovic said. “He was creation me work. But he felt a same. Overall it was a good battle.”
The final matched dual of a game’s best retrievers, and they waged a period of long, interesting rallies in a early going. Djokovic’s legs splayed as he skidded on a tough justice digging out shots in a corners, and Murray hustled usually as hard, shutting one 35-stroke marathon with a backhand winner.
But a peculiarity of play was patchy, and Djokovic converted usually 5 of 18 break-point chances. Both players blew overheads and easy volleys, and a splendid object worried them in a opening set, when they looked directly into a glisten during a north finish of a court.
The actor with his behind to a object won a initial 10 games, that enclosed 4 use breaks. Djokovic finished a strain by holding into a object for a 6-5 lead, and Murray matched a achievement.
In a tiebreaker, Djokovic took a 4-0 lead with his behind to a object and won a final dual points on spontaneous errors by Murray.
As a angle of a object changed, both players staid in on their serves and traded binds to 6-5 in a second set. Murray afterwards came adult with a shot of a match, restraint behind a Djokovic beyond and alighting it on a sideline for a winner.
Murray smacked a lapse leader on a subsequent indicate to mangle during adore and even a match, though that was his final hurrah.
His consolation: He’s removing married Saturday in his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland.