ThrowbackTimes Miami: Novak Djokovic wins first Masters 1000 crown

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ThrowbackTimes Miami: Novak Djokovic wins first Masters 1000 crown

After cracking the top-20 in 2006, Novak Djokovic was eager for more in the upcoming season when he became the third most reliable link in men's tennis behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Novak kicked off the 2007 campaign with a title in Adelaide before Federer defeated him at the Australian Open and Dubai.

The Serb went to Indian Wells and scored five dominant wins to reach the final that he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. With those 350 points, Novak secured the place in the top-10 for the first time ahead of Miami, delivering his best tennis in Florida to lift the maiden Masters 1000 crown, standing as the last teenager with a trophy at this level!

Djokovic defeated Daniele Bracciali with a single break in round two and had a few great days at the office after that, toppling Michael Llodra, Feliciano Lopez, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, dropping serve only once in five encounters to book the place in the final.

On April 1, the Serb toppled the Argentine Guillermo Canas 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 saved all five break points he faced while Guillermo stayed far from that pace, serving at only 54% and losing 42% of his games' points to suffer four breaks from seven opportunities given to a teenager. Djokovic had the upper hand in the shortest and most extended rallies, with his groundstrokes overpowering Canas, who had to be pleased with his campaign in the last four weeks despite this loss after beating Roger Federer in back-to-back events.

In 2007, Novak Djokovic won his first Masters 1000 crown in Miami, still at 19.

Novak kicked off the match with a smash winner for a hold at love and fended off a break chance in game three to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard.

A backhand down the line stroke in the next game clinched a break at love for the Serb, who cemented the lead with an ace a few minutes later to forge a 4-1 lead and settle into a nice rhythm. Serving for the set in game nine, Novak held at 15 after Canas' forehand error to grab the opener 6-3, looking for more of the same in the rest of the encounter.

After four good holds at the start of the second set, Djokovic blasted a forehand down the line to force his opponent's error and grab a break before rattling off three break chances in the next game that lasted for a grueling 20 minutes.

It took all the energy from Canas, who got broken at love in game seven after Djokovic's backhand down the line winner that sent him 5-2 up. The Serb saved a break point a few minutes later to take two sets to love lead and make a massive step towards the title.

Guillermo survived multiple break opportunities at the beginning of the third set, struggling with a left thigh injury but staying in touch with Novak until 4-4 when he hit a double fault to give Djokovic the pivotal advantage.

Serving for the title in game ten, Novak landed a forehand down the line winner to celebrate the crown and begin his stellar Masters 1000 journey that currently stands on 36 trophies and many records in the premium ATP series.