Records were created, surpassed and equalled in a little short of an hour and a half, as Djokovic overcame an early break that promised much by Nishikori, before it became one way traffic. The Japanese player in his second Masters final started brightly, leaving many hoping for a real battle, quickly dashed as Djokovic broke straight back.
There was a further flurry of resistance as the pair traded three breaks toward the end of the first set, before Djokovic closed out the first set to love.
Nishikori’s troubles were just starting though, as the momentum stayed with the Serbian at the start of the second set, and were further compounded when he pulled up with a pain over his knee/quad and hampered, tried more risky shots in a bid to shorten the points. To his credit he won another service game and staved off two championship points before Djokovic won to claim yet another accolade.
With just the one retirement due to an eye infection this year, Djokovic has collected 28 wins this year, and has four titles – Australian Open, Qatar, Indian Wells and now Miami.
The list of accolades grew with that third match point:
28 Masters 100 titles – breaks Rafael Nadal’s six year reign, and equalled it with his Indian Wells win.
Passes Boris Becker on the Open era match wins list with No. 714 (Now in 11th place)
While some find it a distasteful topic, it cannot be denied that prize money and tournaments go hand in hand with this win, and Djokovic surpasses Roger Federer as the all-time prize money leader on the tour
As well as becoming the first man to win the Indian Wells/Miami Double for a third straight time, he has done the double an unprecedented four times in total.
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