Djokovic wins fifth Key Biscayne title by beating Murray
Hot but happy, Novak Djokovic had just begun celebrating his latest championship when he tossed his towel and sweatbands into the crowd. They were soggy souvenirs for sure.
Djokovic earned his fifth Key Biscayne title yesterday, beating Andy Murray for the seventh consecutive time by showing superior stamina in the subtropical heat to win the Miami Open final 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0.
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza won the title in women's doubles by defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 7-5, 6-1.
Murray broke in the final game of the second set to even the match, but fatigue then became a factor on a sunny, humid, 80-degree afternoon.
Djokovic was the fitter player down the stretch.
"It was brutal - it's very warm," he said. "I was prepared for a physical battle, but it's one thing to prepare and another thing to experience it on the court. I was expecting very long rallies and just managed to play the third set the way I was supposed to, and I'm thrilled with this win."
The top-ranked Djokovic became the first man to complete the Indian Wells-Key Biscayne spring sweep three times and he has done it twice in a row. He beat Murray in the Indian Wells semi-finals and in the Australian Open final for his eighth Grand Slam title two months ago.