ATP Sony Open Tennis: Novak Djokovic dominates Rafael Nadal to win Miami final
Novak Djokovic clinched his fourth Miami title after a 6-3 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Sony Open Tennis final.
Last Updated: 31/03/14 11:44am
The Serbian made his move halfway through the first set and did not relinquish control thereafter as he dominated world No 1 Nadal in the 40th meeting between the two.
The second seed did not drop serve once in the contest but broke Nadal on three occasions to clinch the win in an hour and 24 minutes.
Djokovic, who has now beaten Nadal the last three times they have met, also completed the Indian Wells-Miami double for the second time.
Nadal, meanwhile, was left to rue another disappointment in Miami, the Spaniard still never having won the Masters 1000 tournament despite reaching the final four times.
"I played a great match. From the start until the end, everything was working really well," Djokovic said.
He added: "We come to the United States to play two tournaments in four weeks so it gives you plenty of time to recover and get ready for every match individually.
"Maybe that's one of the reasons I've been doing really well. (Also), I love hard courts, it is my most preferred surface.
"Back in 2007 I won my first big title here in Miami and I have the greatest memories of this centre court."
The opening games went with serve before Djokovic earned two break points in the sixth game, converting the first when Nadal sent a backhand long.
Nadal could not get back into the set and his opponent served it out with ease before bringing up two more break points in the opening game of the second set.
Again Djokovic quickly snapped up the opportunity, moving a break ahead after ending a lengthy baseline exchange with a cross-court backhand winner.
He consolidated the break after a tough battle in the second game of the set, while Nadal managed to save a break point in the fifth game to keep the match alive.
But any hopes of a comeback from the top seed were ended when Djokovic brought up two match points on the Nadal serve and finished things off after a spectacular final point.