Miami Flashback: Novak Djokovic wins third title over Andy Murray



by JOVICA ILIC

Miami Flashback: Novak Djokovic wins third title over Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic claimed his third Miami Open title in 2012 following a 6-1, 7-6 triumph over Andy Murray in an hour and 18 minutes in the final of the 200th Masters 1000 event! The defending champion competed in his 44th ATP final and claimed the milestone 30th ATP crown without losing a set.

Djokovic became the fifth player with 11 Masters 1000 titles, following Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It was Novak's second Masters 1000 title without losing a set, achieving both in Miami. Djokovic bested Murray for the eighth time and avenged the Dubai semi-final loss a month earlier.

Novak faced only one break point in the entire clash and kept the pressure on the other side. Andy could not convert it, failing to match the rival's pace and losing serve twice in the opening set. He stayed competitive in set number two but could not introduce a decider.

They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors. Djokovic forged the lead in the forced errors and outplayed Murray in the shortest range up to four strokes.

Novak Djokovic ousted Andy Murray in the 2012 Miami Open final.

Both players served well in the opening three service games, and Andy moved 40-0 up in the fourth. Novak stayed competitive and reached deuce following a forehand winner in a 24-stroke exchange. Murray missed the fourth, fifth and sixth game points, and Djokovic seized the second break point with a well-constructed attack to find himself 3-1 up and gain momentum.

Novak netted a backhand in the fifth game and offered Andy a break chance. The Serb denied it with a forehand drive-volley winner and brought the game home to move 4-1 ahead. Novak secured another break in game six thanks to Andy's loose forehand to extend the gap and serve for the opener.

The Serb landed an ace at 5-1 to clinch the encounter's first part in 46 minutes and gain a boost. Djokovic fired another strong forehand down the line and created two break points at 1-1 in the second set. Murray saved them and brought the game home to avoid chasing the result.

Novak pushed strong on the return again at 2-2, and Andy stayed focused to repel a break point and remain competitive. Djokovic closed the eighth game with a service winner, and Murray clinched the next one after a 28-stroke rally.

Novak held at 30 in game ten and earned a break chance in the next one after Andy's double fault. The Briton denied it with a forehand down the line winner right after the serve and wrapped up the game after three deuces to open a 6-5 gap.

Djokovic held in game 12 after two deuces to introduce a tie break, his third in a row in the second set in Miami! Andy leveled the score at 2-2 with a drop shot winner after a 25-stroke exchange before hitting a double fault to push Novak ahead.

A forehand winner sent Djokovic 4-2 up, and he landed an ace to extend the gap. Murray claimed the following two points on serve, and Djokovic responded with a forehand winner at 5-4 for two match points. World no. 1 seized the first following Andy's forehand error to defend the Miami crown and claim his second title of the season.

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