HEAD’ S NOVAK DJOKOVIC SETS MORE RECORDS WITH HIS SIXTH MIAMI TITLE AND 28TH MASTERS VICTORY
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and evergreen Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova kept HEAD in the spotlight at the Miami Open, with Djokovic winning the title for a sixth time and Kuznetsova turning in a fighting performance in the women's final. Djokovic was untouchable in a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Japan's Kei Nishikori. Kuznetsova put up a battle before going down to Victoria Azarenka. The victory by Djokovic, who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Speed, gives the Serb the all-time lead in Masters Titles, surpassing Rafael Nadal's 27.
"It's been an amazing hard-court season, winning Indian Wells and Miami," Djokovic said of his Masters title double over the past month. "Miami was where it all started for me when I won my first big title. I get goosebumps thinking of those memories. This event has set the stage for everything that came after", said the winner of his fourth title of the season and 63 overall.
Djokovic has reached the final in his last 11 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments he has played as he continues to dominate the ATP season with the clay campaign starting in a week in Monte Carlo. He made a quick escape from an early lead by Japan's sixth seed Nishikori, with the Serb losing his opening serve but breaking straight back. He took the victory after less than 90 minutes on his third chance following a pair of Nishikori forehand miscues.
In the women's final Kuznetsova, who recommends the HEAD Graphene XT Extreme, lost to Azarenka 3-6, 2-6. Kuznetsova was looking for a second title in South Florida after winning the event a decade ago. The HEAD player with 16 career trophies moved to her best ranking in five years, going from 18th to 13th on the WTA list after the duel in heavy, humid heat.
“I’m focusing on my game, and I'm happy that even not playing my best game I could manage to get here to the final," said Kuznetsova. "With the clay court season, I must take a couple weeks to prepare in order to be fitter and be faster and be more consistent, because in order to play good on clay I really need that", said the Spanish-trained Russian who addressed the Latin crowd in Miami in her fluent Spanish during the trophy ceremony.