TENNIS: Djokovic,Azarenka Win Miami Open Titles

Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka have each won the Miami open in the male and female categories respectively.

 Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka
Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka

The world number one defeated Nishikori 6-3 6-3 triumph in one hour and 26 minutes.Djokovic, 28, now moves ahead of Rafael Nadal with a record 28 Masters tournament wins in his career.”It’s quite amazing,” said the Serb. “I’m very thrilled about it and hopefully I can make many more records.”He also becomes the first man to win the Indian Wells-Miami double three years in a row, and surpasses Roger Federer as the ATP’s leading prize money winner on $98.2m (£69m).

Djokovic hailed Nishikori,saying he played some aggresive tennis “I thought he started very well, breaking my serve in the first game and coming up with some aggressive play,”

Nishikori spoke after the game,saying,”I needed to answer right back, which I did in the following game – that helped me mentally.It’s tough to find his weakness, honestly.The biggest thing is he has great defence and it’s tough to open up the space.I had a couple of strategies before the match, but I don’t think I did them well enough to beat him today.”

Djokovic who now has 11 Grand slam titles to his name is now chasing Roger Federer’s record 17 titles.He said,”Of course it is in the back of my mind somewhere but I don’t have that as a main motivation, because it can present some kind of distraction that I don’t need,” he said.

He is now looking forward to the two biggest titles that has so far eluded him in his career,the French Open and the Olympic Gold medal

“I don’t feel too exhausted,” he said. “I don’t think I will have any difficulty to make the transition to the clay courts quickly. Let’s see what happens.Clay courts are the most physically demanding surface, so also looking at the big picture, the French Open is the biggest goal that I have on the clay courts. I’ll try to adjust to that tournament as well.”

Victoria Azarenka has secured a back-to-back WTA titles after winning Svetlena Kuznetsova 6-3 6-2 in 77 minutes to add a third Miami title to her victories in 2009 and 2011.The 26-year-old, who won in Indian Wells two week ago, will return to the world’s top five next week.Russian Kuznetsova, 30, was bidding for her second title of the year after her victory in Sydney in January fell short in 77 minutes as she couldn’t match the prowess of Azarenka.

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