Djokovic to face Murray in Miami

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Published: Saturday 4th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Novak Djokovic will bid for a fifth ATP Miami Open crown when he takes on Andy Murray in the final on Sunday.

The top seed overcame 18th seed John Isner 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 on Friday night to move a step closer to retaining his title.

The first set was a tight affair, Isner saving the only break point – a set point – with an overhead smash, but the defending champion won the resulting tie-break 7-3.

Djokovic then broke the American’s serve twice in the second set to secure the victory, sending down 10 aces and hitting 25 winners en route to his 90-minute triumph.

“I’m glad that I managed to realise everything that I intended tactically before the match,” the Serbian said on www.atpworldtour.com. “It’s always tough to play somebody that serves that well.

“At the end of the day, it is important to hang in there mentally, be patient… I used the court very well, and [I’m] pleased with the performance.”

Murray earlier advanced with a 6-4 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych, and will be seeking revenge against Djokovic after losing to the world number one in the semi-final at Indian Wells.

The first three games went against the serve before Murray found his rhythm and began to dominate Berdych, ending the first set having hit 77 per cent of his first serves and won 80 per cent of those points.

The second set followed in a similar vein, the world number four again going 2-1 up after three straight breaks. He was 0-30 down serving for the match at 5-4, but kept his cool and got over the line in one hour and 42 minutes.

Asked after his match what he would have to do in a possible match against Djokovic, Murray said on Sky Sports 3: ”Play better than I did last week – that would be a good start!

”I know I need to play high-level tennis. He returns well so I need to get the balance right of being patient but dictating points when I get the opportunity.

”I’ll also be aggressive against the second serve, I’ll be inside the baseline attacking – that’s something I’ve done well this week and didn’t do at Indian Wells, so that’s something different.

”And just hopefully play a cleaner match. But I’ve played well this week, much better than I did at Indian Wells.”

Published: Saturday 4th April 2015 by The News Editor

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