01. 04. 2011. ·
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Reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic continued his fantastic winning streak with a 6-3 6-1 victory over no.14 seed American Mardy Fish in 1 hour and 25 minutes to move into his third Miami Masters finals.
Novak got himself ahead with a confident service hold to 15. The world no.2 saved two break points in the third game with two aces and held for 2-1. Rain started falling at 2-all and the match was suspended.
“The first couple of games were quite strange. The wind was blowing. It was quite humid. Just different conditions, I guess. I came to the match not really moving well, and was just lucky enough not to go a break down,” said Novak.
The players were back out on court after 55 minutes, and after their warm up the match was continued.
Djokovic converted his third break point in the sixth game and then comfortably consolidated his break for 5-2 lead. The best Serbian tennis player saved two more break points in the ninth game before closing the set 6-3 in 50 minutes.
“I can’t say I’ve played that point well. It was just lucky that I read his intention with the drive forehand volley. I stayed on the same side and I hit as hard as I can through the middle and he put his volley out.”
Nole was dominant in the second set. He made a triple break for convincing 6-1.
Match statistics: aces (5-4), double faults (0-1), winners (15-15), unforced errors (16-24), total points won (59-45).
Djokovic is aiming for a fourth title this season after already winning the Australian Open, Dubai and Indian Wells.
The Serb’s 25th successive win, a run dating back to last year’s Davis Cup final, set up a meeting with world no.1 Spaniard Rafael Nadal who beat third-seeded Swiss Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2.
“Whoever I play, I obviously wouldn’t feel like a favorite on the court… and by the way, it is a final, so in order for me to win I will have to be on the top of my game against either of those two players.”
Nadal leads their head-to-head 16-8, but on hard courts, Nole has an 8-5 record against the Spaniard.
The final match is scheduled on Sunday.
Novak is attempting to become the fourth player since 1990 to win the three biggest titles (Australian Open, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells, Miami) in the first three months:
Roger Federer 2006
Andre Agassi 2001
Pete Sampras 1994
“Miami is a great city. I won my first title of the Masters 1000 events here and I definitely have beautiful memories from this event and I want to try and win this trophy again,” said Nole.
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