Djokovic Wins Record 28th Masters 1000 Crown In Miami

Serb notches sixth Miami title

Novak Djokovic mastered the Miami Open presented by Itau for a third straight year and sixth overall, downing Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 to claim a record 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

The World No. 1 ended Rafael Nadal's six-year reign with at least a share of the Masters 1000 title lead. Nadal had first assumed the mantle from Andre Agassi in 2010. With the victory, Djokovic also passed coach Boris Becker for sole possession of 11th place in the Open Era match wins list, capturing his 714th win.

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Nishikori looked to have the upper hand as the match got underway on an overcast Sunday afternoon at Crandon Park Tennis Center. The Japanese grabbed an immediate break in the first game, but could not sustain the lead. Djokovic would break right back and eventually claimed the opener after securing another break in the eighth game and consolidating with a hold to love. In the second set, only one break was needed, as the Serb raced to a 2-0 lead and never looked back. He would secure the victory on his third match point after one hour and 26 minutes.

No aces were struck during the blustery two-set affair, with Nishikori rattled by the wind and Djokovic's attacking display. The World No. 1 fired 14 winners and benefited from 29 unforced errors by his sixth-seeded opponent. It was the first ace-less final on the ATP World Tour since Monte-Carlo 2011 and first on hard courts since Indian Wells 2009.

"Every year that I come back to Miami I do go through those memories from back in 2007," said Djokovic. "It was the first Masters 1000 I won and opened a lot of doors for me. It gave me a lot of self-belief. I started to realize that I'm able to win the big trophies and to beat the best players in the world.

"So of course this is a [special] place for me to come back to, now winning it six times. Obviously I don't take any win for granted and especially in the big ones. So it was my best performance of the tournament. It came at the right time against a great quality player." 

WHAT DJOKOVIC JUST ACHIEVED

 Record 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title
 Record-tying sixth Miami title (w/Agassi)
 Passed coach Boris Becker for 11th on Open Era match wins list with No. 714
 Surpassed Roger Federer as all-time prize money leader on ATP World Tour
 Achieved a three-peat at a record seventh different tour-level event
 Completed Indian Wells-Miami double for unprecedented fourth time
 Has compiled a 56-2 match record in reaching a record 11 consecutive Masters 1000 finals

Djokovic completed back-to-back three-peats at the March Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami. He previous lifted the trophy in South Florida in 2007, '11, '12, '14 and '15.

In total, the Belgrade native clinched his 63rd tour-level title, moving to within one of tying Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg for sixth place among Open Era leaders. Djokovic, who improved to 28-1 this year, took home $1,028,300 in prize money and 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

Nishikori, meanwhile, was contesting his second Masters 1000 final, having previously fallen short in the 2014 Madrid title match (l. to Nadal). He capped a strong week, which included a five-match point saving victory over Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals and solid win over Nick Kyrgios in Saturday's semis. The 26 year old drops to 11-6 in tour-level finals with the loss, earning $501,815 and 600 Emirates ATP Rankings points in defeat.

"It was a really tough one," Nishikori said. "He has great defence, so it's tough to break his game. And it was windy. So I couldn't really be too aggressive because the ball was moving and it was tough to do that. He was very patient and he didn't miss. It's always so tough to play Novak."