Novak Djokovic Memories - First Masters 1000 title in Miami 2007

Novak Djokovic claimed his first Masters 1000 crown in Miami at 19

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Novak Djokovic Memories - First Masters 1000 title in Miami 2007
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On April 1, 2007, the 19-year-old Novak Djokovic lifted his first Masters 1000 trophy in Miami. The young Serb ousted Guillermo Canas 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes, moving a step further than in Indian Wells two weeks ago and celebrating his first notable title.

Djokovic became the youngest Miami Masters champion and the fifth teenager with a Masters 1000 crown, staying as the newest addition to that list until Miami 2022! Novak wrote history as the last winner of the best-of-five Masters 1000 final, controlling the pace and sealing the deal without playing a marathon.

The young gun grabbed 27 points more than his rival and bested him in every department. Djokovic defended his second serve superbly, fending off all five break points and mounting the pressure on the other side.

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Canas served at 54% and plagued his chances, playing against seven break points and getting broken four times to settle with the runner-up prize.

Djokovic tames his shots nicely and lands 40 winners and 30 unforced errors, building the advantage in the shortest and most extended rallies. They closed the first games of the encounter with smash winners before the Serb experienced a break point at 1-1 after a loose forehand.

The Argentine missed it and faced three break points in game four, arguing with the umpire over a foot fault. Novak painted a backhand down the line winner on the first, stealing his rival's serve at love and moving 3-1 in front.

Djokovic held at love in game five after an ace, doing everything right in the opening 16 minutes.

Novak Djokovic claimed his first Masters 1000 title in Miami 2007.

The Serb landed a forehand winner in the seventh game, opening a 5-2 gap and forcing the Argentine to serve to stay in the set.

Guillermo produced a hold at love to prolong the action before Novak landed a service winner in the ninth game for 6-3 after 32 minutes. Struggling with the pain in his leg, Canas delivered two fine holds at the beginning of the second set for a 2-1 advantage.

Djokovic locked the result at 2-2 with a drop shot winner and created three break chances on the return a few minutes later. Novak drew Guillermo's mistake on the second, notching a break and opening a 3-2 gap. Djokovic squandered a game point in game six and faced a break point after a wayward forehand.

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Novak saved it with a forehand crosscourt winner before missing a forehand and facing the second break point. The Serb saved it after an extended 38-stroke exchange before missing two more game points, struggling to make the final push.

A teenager landed a loose backhand and offered his rival the third break point. Novak erased it with a forehand down the line winner and held for 4-2 after eight deuces and a grueling 20 minutes. Djokovic preserved energy and landed a smash winner in the seventh game, creating three break chances.

A teenager painted a backhand down the line winner on the first, delivering another break and serving for the set at 5-2. Novak earned three set points in game eight and wasted them, allowing Guillermo to create a break chance.

Djokovic saved it with an ace down the T line and earned the fourth set point with a drop shot winner. Novak forced Guillermo's mistake, wrapping up the set 6-2 and moving closer to the finish line after an hour and 25 minutes.

Not slowing down, Djokovic hit a backhand crosscourt winner at the start of the third set for two break points. Canas saved them and held, avoiding an early setback. Novak leveled the score at 1-1 with an ace in game two before Guillermo grabbed the next one with a smash winner.

Djokovic clinched the fourth game with a volley winner, and Canas received a medical timeout at 3-2, doing everything to prolong his chances. Novak held in the sixth game after Guillermo's forehand error.

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The Argentine remained on the positive side after holding in game seven, hoping for more return chances.

The Serb responded with two winners at 30-30 in the eighth game, locking the result at 4-4 and preparing the final push on the return in the next one. Novak created a break chance with a forehand down the line winner and secured a crucial break after Guillermo's double fault.

A teenager served for his first notable title at 5-4 and hit a backhand down the line winner for a match point. Djokovic cracked a forehand down the line winner, sealing the deal in style and lifting his first out of 40 Masters 1000 titles.

Novak had to wait four years to earn his second Miami title, starting his domination and claiming five titles between 2011 and 2016, joining Andre Agassi as the leader of the pack with six Miami shields. Djokovic has not played in Miami since 2019, and he missed this year's edition following an early Indian Wells exit.

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