Djokovic breaks new ground to retain Miami crown


Novak Djokovic became the most successful player in ATP 1000 events as he beat Kei Nishikori at the Miami Open to claim a 28th title.

Despite being troubled at times by Nishikori, Djokovic was relentless in his charge towards a sixth Miami title with a string of stunning groundstrokes from the baseline.

His 6-3 6-3 victory came in less than an hour and a half as he finished the tournament without dropping a set, and duly lifted a third successive title at the tournament - the first man to achieve that feat since Andre Agassi in 2003.

Nishikori had failed to win any of his last five meetings with the Serb, but he started well with a surprise break in the opening game.

He was unable to consolidate, though, as Djokovic warmed to the occasion, his trademark athleticism enabling some stunning passing shots.

Having fought back from that shaky start the world number one quickly put himself in a position to take the opening set, and he made no mistake with a comfortable service game to love.

Nishikori's 13 unforced errors in the opener helped Djokovic on his way, and the problem continued in the second as the Japan number one wilted under the pressure.

When Nishikori - who received treatment on his left knee during the second set - was able to put pressure on his opponent the resolute defence of Djokovic refused to fold, the Serb wasting little time in racing to a 5-3 lead.

Victory was assured as another Nishikori forehand drifted long, with Djokovic crowned champion once again in Miami to move him one clear of Rafael Nadal in the ATP 1000 title standings.