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Azarenka and Djokovic repeated their successes
It is very prestigious to win two tournaments in a row in Indian Wells and Miami. After all, such a success suggests that a tennis player or tennis player maintains excellent shape for four weeks in a row. Yes, this is difficult to do, but possible. For example, in the ATP, this has happened 10 times in 25 years. Seven players, including Novak Djokovic , managed to conquer the Indian Wells and Miami bunch. At the same time, the Serb is the only one who has already won three times, first in California, and then in Florida. On Sunday he had the opportunity to do it for the fourth time. The day before an example was shown to him by Victoria Azarenka (by the way, she was present at the men's final as well) and the couple Nicolas Mayu / Pierre-Hugues Herbert . Moreover, Bethany Mattek-Sands will play in the women's doubles final. In California, she won with Coco Vandeweghe , and here she plays with Lucy Shafarzhova . Thus, in all categories there could be tennis players who won this bundle.
On Sunday, Djokovic met with Kei Nishikori and was considered the clear favorite. The Serb plays great in Miami - 29 wins in 30 previous matches. However, Novak has similar statistics in almost any tournament. If successful, he overtook Rafael Nadal in the number of titles at the Masters-1000 - before the start of the match each had 27 trophies. In addition, Novak could come out on top in one more indicator - career prizes. The title allowed him to collect $ 98,199,548, which is more than Roger Federer .
If Djokovic has played in the final of a tournament of this category for the 40th time, then Kay only once claimed a great victory. At the same time, he had excellent chances in the first attempt - he was leading 6: 2, 4: 2 in Madrid in 2014. However, then the Japanese began to worry about the back, and at the beginning of the decisive set of the match with Rafael Nadal Nishikori was forced to withdraw. Kay, if successful, on Sunday could become the first winner of the Masters-1000 among the representatives of his country. He knows how to beat Djokovic, including in major tournaments. So, it was the Japanese who defeated Novak in the semifinals of the US Open-2014. Another victory was won in a regular competition, but Nishikori won the decisive set dry - few can boast of a similar one.
Nishikori could not show his tennis
However, now Djokovic has reached a new level ... The Serb defeated his opponent in five matches in a row, and three of them were won very easily. At the Final tournament, Nishikori took only two games, and in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Kay made too many mistakes and could not impose a fight, even taking into account the fact that Djokovic was not in the best shape. In Miami, Novak plays very differently. He confidently beat all rivals until the semifinals, and there he had to sweat in a meeting with David Goffin , but still the Serb won 2-0 in sets. At the same time, tennis players played in the heat, and on Sunday there was no such heat. Nishikori in this tournament givel one game in an amazing meeting with Gael Monfils . The Frenchman had five match points, including a triple, but Kay managed to get the upper hand.
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) - Kei Nishikori (Japan, 6) - 6: 3, 6: 3.
Before the start of the final, the Japanese spoke, that he would try better to keep the ball on the back line and not give gifts. However, in the first batch, they failed to comply with their plan. Yes, he started the match perfectly and immediately made a break, but immediately gave up his game. In general, Nishikori's serve was very convenient for Novak. Djokovic regularly actively received, and in the positional play on the back line he had a big advantage. On the first ball, Kay took only 40% of the points, while the percentage of hits was also low. The Japanese had to risk on the second, in order not to allow Djokovic to immediately get an advantage in the drawing.
In the middle of the game, the advantage of the first racket was obvious, and he led 4: 2. The seventh game Novak had bad and gave the serve. It should be noted that the push through, which brought Kay a break, was inaccurate, but the judges did not notice the out, and Djokovic did not check. However, it didn’t matter, because Novak then won eight points out of the next 10 and left the set behind him. Kay was clearly not at ease and could not find his tennis in any way. With five punches through and 13 mistakes, it is almost impossible to claim anything in the match with Djokovic.
Djokovic caught up with Agassi
In the second game Nishikori played better and became at least easy to take their submissions. True, this happened after the opponent's break. Kay said that he had nothing to lose in the final with Djokovic, but he played freely only when the score was 0: 2 in the second game. He began to walk forward, occasionally winning long rallies on the back line, and the serve brought simple points a couple of times. Novak focused on his games, and at 4: 2 decided to make another break. He had a good reception game, the stroke was accurate, but Kay still pulled out the game, and Djokovic even threw the racket on the court.
On the side change, Kay called a doctor - he was worried about his left knee.He managed to continue the meeting, but the level of his tennis dropped again. Nishikori constantly made mistakes on the right and lost in almost every shootout on the back line. Two doubles gave Novak a matchball, but he realized only the third - 6: 3, 6: 3. The Serb confidently won in Miami and became the champion of this tournament for the sixth time. According to this indicator, he caught up with Andre Agassi and shares with him the first place.
Donskoy won in Israel
This week, tennis was played not only in Miami, but also in Israel. A major challenge with a prize fund of $ 125,000 was held in Ra'anana. The first seed was given to Evgeny Donskoy , who easily passed the starting circle, but then there were difficult matches with Daniil Medvedev and Marco Chiudinelli . In the final, Donskoy met with Ricardas Berankis , who had previously defeated the local favorite Dudi Sela . In the decisive match, Evgeny served well and did not allow Berankis to earn a single break point. Donskoy himself made two breaks and achieved victory with a score of 6: 4, 6: 4. This will allow him to move up to 67th place in the world rankings.
Next week, the men's tournaments will be held in Houston and Marrakech, and the women's tournaments will be held in Charleston and Katowice.