After a couple of dominant years in the "sun double", Roger Federer failed to defend his titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2007, losing both events to Guillermo Canas. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic took over, lifting the first Masters 1000 trophies of the season and building momentum heading into the clay tour.
Rafa defeated Novak in the desert final. The Serb was ready to strike back in Miami, beating the Spaniard for the first time in the quarters and winning the first Masters 1000 trophy. facing Cañas in the final and not missing out on the opportunity to go all the way and win the remarkable title.
Asked for some advice for Roger Federer against Guillermo Cañas, Djokovic said it would not be appropriate to advise the world number 1 and one of the best players in history. On April 1, the Serbian defeated the Argentine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes, dominating all segments to control the scoreboard and claim the biggest title of his young career, two months!
before turning 20! Novak repelled all five break points while Guillermo stayed far short of those numbers, serving at 54% and losing 42% of the points in his games. He suffered four breaks from seven chances given to a teenager and settled for runner-up.
Mouratoglou comments on Djokovic
Renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou has described Novak Djokovic's Covid-19 vaccine stance as "courageous" and believes the Serb's choice illustrates why he is a great champion. "I think that Novak's choice is courageous," Mouratgolou said.
"He explains to the entire world why he is such a champion. He is not scared by what is going to happen to him and he accepts the consequences of it. People can have the feeling that he puts tennis second and in a way he does - for the first time in his life probably.
He probably believes that the other quest is bigger than tennis." Mouratoglou went on to laud the World No. 2's meticulous approach to managing his body and diet, while pinpointing him as an ideal example to follow. "He has spent his whole life making sure that his body is in the best possible shape, going into details that you have no idea about," Mouratoglou added.
"When you have lunch with Novak once in your life, you know how much he weighs every single element that goes in his plate - the quantity of everything, the quality of everything. That's incredible. He is the perfect example of how you should professionally behave to become the best player in the world. He is obesessed with that."