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Novak Djokovic wins 6th Miami Open Title

04.03.2016

By: Christopher Menendez

Novak Djokovic wins the Miami Open men’s finals, claiming his record breaking 28th career ATP Masters 1000 crown. It was his sixth win in total in Miami. Novak played against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-3.

Novak goes home today with 1000 ATP ranking points and $1,028,300 in prize money. Djokovic has now made a record-breaking $98.2 million dollars in his career.

The Breakdown

Nishikori knew he had to start the first set strong and quickly earned a break. Djokovic broke right back, claiming the next 8/9 points. His momentum continued into the next game where he closed out the set to love.

“It’s tough to open up the space, I had a couple strategies coming into this match, I have to find a better strategy and more focus,” said Nishikori.

The second set started with a break from Djokovic and a slew of unforced errors from Nishikori. After the seventh game, Nishikori was paid a visit from the trainer from an apparent left knee injury. After one hour and twenty minutes, Djokovic claimed his victory, 6-3.

A Milestone Match

This championship title makes Djokovic the new career ATP Masters 1000 title leader. Behind him comes Rafael Nadal with 27 titles, Roger Federer with 24, and Andre Agassi with 17.

Djokovic also became the first player to win three straight Miami titles since Agassi from 2001-20014.

Djokovic becomes the first player to Indian Wells and Miami (a sunshine double) three times in a row. “I enjoy these two tournaments back to back more than any other in the year,” said Djokovic.

The Miami Open - A Special Place for Djokovic

After the match Djokovic executed true sportsmanship and wished Nishikori the best with knee injury. He thanked the roaring crowd and shared: “I have a special connection to this tournament. I won my first title here in 2007. It was a springboard for everything that was coming up after that. I hope the love affair continues.

I assure you that the Miami Open is going to stay here for a long time. So, see you next year!”

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About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2016 Miami Open will be played March 21-April 3 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.

About Itaú

Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.