Miami Flashback: Novak Djokovic tops Andy Murray after controversy
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 4748
After an early exit in 2013, Novak Djokovic returned winningly in Miami a year later. Novak faced Andy Murray in the quarter-final and delivered a 7-5, 6-3 triumph to find himself in the last four. Djokovic played better in windy conditions and emerged at the top after a controversy.
The chair umpire made a wrong decision at the start of the opener's 12th game and gave Novak the point despite hitting the ball from Andy's side of the net. The Briton argued, but the call stood, and they continued. Djokovic took 14 points more and played better when it mattered the most.
Novak overpowers Andy in the unforced errors segment to seal the deal and move through. The Briton built the lead in the mid-range rallies, and the Serb erased it in the shortest and most extended exchanges. Djokovic played against two break points and lost serve once.
He converted three out of six break opportunities to control the scoreboard and beat his coeval for the 12th time in 20 encounters. Novak held at the start of the clash with a service winner, and Andy responded with the same shot in game two for 1-1.
Djokovic grabbed the third game with three winners and earned a break chance in the next one after Murray's double fault. Andy denied it and erased the second break point before bringing the game home with a forehand winner for 2-2.
Novak held after deuce in game seven, and Andy landed a service winner in the next one to lock the result at 4-4. Both players served well in games nine and ten to increase the drama and move closer to a tie break. Novak lost three straight points in game 11 and faced a break point after a double fault.
Murray squandered it with a loose forehand, and Djokovic wrapped it up with an ace for 6-5. The 12th game brought controversy, and Andy sprayed two backhand errors to fall 40-0 behind. The Briton hit another wayward backhand on the first set point to hand the opener to the Serb 7-5 after 53 minutes.
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in the 2014 Miami Open semi-final.
Novak fell 30-0 behind in the second set's third game before winning four straight points and moving 2-1 up with an ace. Andy almost spoiled a 40-0 advantage in the fourth game, holding after deuce and staying on the positive side.
Murray pushed strong on the return in game five and converted a break chance with a backhand volley winner that sent him 3-2 in front. Instead of building on that, the Briton hit a double fault in game six and faced a break point.
He denied it with a volley winner at the net before hitting another double fault. Murray sprayed a backhand slice error to experience a break and bring Djokovic back to 3-3. Novak opened a 4-3 gap with a service winner in game seven and found the rhythm on the return in the next one.
Andy hit a loose backhand and experienced three break points. Murray's backhand betrayed him on the first to suffer the second consecutive break and fall 5-3 behind. The Serb grabbed 12 of the previous 14 points and served for the victory in game nine.
Novak opened a 30-0 lead with a forehand crosscourt winner and fired a service winner for three match points. World no. 2 converted the first with a forehand winner, rattling off 16 of the last 18 points to emerge at the top in style.