After a couple of dominant years at the "Sunshine double," Roger Federer failed to defend his titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2007, losing at both events to Guillermo Canas. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic took charge, lifting the first Masters 1000 trophies of the season and gathering momentum ahead of the clay swing.
Rafa toppled Novak in the final in the desert and the Serb was ready to strick back in Miami, beating the Spaniard for the first time in the quarters and winning the first Masters 1000 trophy. In the semis, Novak barely put a foot wrong against Andy Murray, setting the final clash against Canas and not missing a chance to go all the way and claim the notable title.
Asked about some tips for Roger Federer against Guillermo Canas, Djokovic said it wouldn't be appropriate for him to advise world no. 1 and one of the greatest players of all time. On April 1, the Serb toppled the Argentine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes, dominating all the 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 from those numbers, serving at 54% and losing 42% of the points in his games. He suffered four breaks from seven opportunities given to a teenager, having to settle with the runner-up spot.
Djokovic had the upper hand in the shortest and most extended rallies, overpowering Canas who had to be pleased with his campaign in the last four weeks despite this loss, beating Roger Federer in back-to-back events.
"It feels great to become a champion and the youngest winner here in Miami.
That brings your name to history, and I'm proud of that.
I have worked hard throughout my career to reach this point; I hope to avoid injuries and stay on the Tour for many years. That sixth game of the second set had 22 points, and it was the turning point; overall, I played well in the decisive moments.
I was focused throughout the clash. Canas is probably fitter than me, and I did my best to seal the deal in straight sets. I can't give any tips to Roger Federer how to beat Guillermo Canas. That wouldn't be nice; he is world no.
1 and probably the best player in history. You always have bad days, and Roger had them against Canas in Indian Wells and Miami. The Argentine is a solid player without big weapons; that's why I tried to remain patient but keep my aggression," Novak Djokovic said.