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Perfect Djokovic tops Nadal in Miami
Novak Djokovic demolished rival Rafa Nadal in the final of the Miami Masters to claim his fourth title at Crandon Park and 18th Masters Series title in all.
The Miami final was the 40th instalment of their great rivalry and the 19th occasion that they were doing battle for a title of some kind however unlike so many of their brilliant encounters of the past, this time around it was one way traffic as Djokovic produced his most dominant display of the year on his way to a 6/3, 6/3 win over his Spanish rival.
The Serbian was simply faultless in a display of sheer class that was reminiscent of his spectacular year in 2011 when he also won back to back titles at Indian Wells and Miami, defeating Nadal on both occasions and joins former world number 1 Roger Federer as the only player in the history of the sport to have achieved the double winning feat on 2 occasions.
Everything clicked into place for the Serbian as he outplayed Nadal in all departments, completely suffocating the Spaniards game in an astonishing performance which admittedly was on his favourite hard court surface.
Nadal and Djokovic hold all 9 of the Masters titles such is the stranglehold they have on the mens game with Djokovic having won the last five, including the season ending World Tour Finals.
Djokovic’s win improves his lifetime record to 23-17 against Nadal and 11-9 in finals while for Nadal it was the fourth occasion he ended up a losing finalist in Miami.
The Tour now switches Europe and the slower clay court surface with a further three Masters Series titles up for grabs in Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome before the second Slam of the year at Roland Garros, the French Open.
Djokovic will not have things his own way during this period as Nadal steps back on the surface that he has dominated on since his career first begun. It will however provide the Spaniard with an opportunity of consolidating his position at the top of the world rankings after losing ground to Djokovic over the last four weeks.