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.
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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