Sony Ericsson Open, Miami
A MURRAY (GB) v N DJOKOVIC (Ser)
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"Hats off murray, first person this season to win three tournaments this season, its a matter of time before you are #3 in the world, with the way federer is playing it won't be long before you are #2. Well played."
From Sportsfan87 on 606
"He's the first British winner in Miami and very, very close to overhauling Djokovic as number three in the world. There are so many elements to his game and when he's on form I think there's no-one, Nadal aside, that can stop him."
Times correspondent Neil Harman on 5 Live Sports Extra
Murray 7-5 Djokovic
Djokovic takes the first point but a cool Murray responds with some solid serving to get to 30-15. A long rally ensues and when Djokovic dumps a forehand into the net it's two match points for the Briton... and Murray converts with a dipping backhand that Djokovic volleys over the baseline.
Murray 6-5 Djokovic
What a turnaround. Murray is back 'in the zone' now and gets to 0-40 and three break points after returning a smash, thanks to a net cord that prompts an error. Djokovic then shanks one on the first break point and suddenly Murray is within sight of the title.
Murray 5-5 Djokovic
The pressure is squarely on Murray at 30-30 and he digs deep to find an ace out wide. Game point, and the Scot comes up with a second-serve ace, prompting a mixture of relief and delight in his players' box.
Actor Owen Wilson is in the crowd. It's just an excuse to use the graphic really, he's been there every day. Unlike pop thimble Shakira who has not returned since watching Nadal the other night.
Murray 4-5 Djokovic
Murray controls the opening point and takes it with a forehand winner but Djokovic responds with a big serve. A dodgy backhand slice from the Serb puts Murray in with a chance at 15-30 and he has a good look at a backhand pass, but it catches the top of the net. Djokovic fires down an ace and it's set point.... but Murray saves it with a huge return.
Djokovic then serve-volleys to good effect - that has generally worked well for him today - but follows up with a double-fault. A good Murray return helps him to break point... and in a long rally Djokovic goes just wide with a forehand. He challenges but the computer says 'no'.
Murray 3-5 Djokovic
Murray enjoys the welcome relief of a love service game, wrapped up with an ace, to force Djokovic to serve out.
Murray 2-5 Djokovic
One fine backhand winner from Murray is not enough as Djokovic steps up the power on serve and holds to 30. "Ice pack please."
Murray 2-4 Djokovic
In the words of former England manager Graham Taylor, "What sort of thing is this then?" Murray collapses on a couple of routine shots to give up another break point but manages to save it with an ace. Djokovic then hammers away a return at deuce, Murray plays a sweet backhand down the line on break point number two. It's far from easy going for either man in the heat, approaching 90F apparently, and Murray is relieved to get through a tough game.
"From the moment of that little consultation with the trainer earlier, Djokovic has been revived."
Times correspondent Neil Harman on 5 Live Sports Extra
Murray 1-4 Djokovic
Murray opens up with a brilliant cross-court forehand winner, then challenges a Djokovic volley that lands near him on the baseline. HawkEye says it caught the line by the narrowest of margins. Djokovic then sticks a backhand wide and Murray produces a repeat of the first point with another superb forehand pass, but the Scot misses with his return on break point. Djokovic takes the game with a serve-volley and we could be on for a decider.
Murray 1-3 Djokovic
Murray's form has disappeared for now. Two completely unforced errors see him 15-40 down and he takes the opportunity to change his racquet. Djokovic goes long with a backhand on the first break point but Murray then nets a forehand. No idea how that happened.
"Brilliant though he is Murray still usually has one lapse in concentration."
From Ted in Lisbon via text on 81111
Murray 1-2 Djokovic
Djokovic plays one beautiful high backhand volley with the grace of a young Fred Perry. Probably. It's a great shot and he moves to 40-15 before throwing in his fourth double-fault of the day. A big serve wraps things up though and he's back in the match. Both players are now drenched in sweat. "Ice!" is all Djokovic can say as he slumps into his chair.
Murray 1-1 Djokovic
Murray gets a little too passive after his opponent's apparent problems with the heat and lets him back into the match. Djokovic takes charge at the net to put away an easy volley, then fires a forehand winner for 15-40, and Murray plays a poor approach on break point and cannot control the subsequent volley at the net.
"Ice towel and an umbrella," demands Murray from a ballboy as he heads to the chair. Meanwhile, Djokovic calls for the trainer who only makes a brief visit. It looked to be heat related.
Murray 1-0 Djokovic
Murray floats a backhand agonisingly past Djokovic at the net and the scrambling Serb cannot make a full contact on it. It's 15-40 and Murray has two chances to take complete charge of this match.... he goes long on the first break point and, after an epic rally, Djokovic plays a fantastic drop shot for deuce. Great stuff.
Deuce, and Murray does it again - hooking a backhand past Djokvic at the net when it seemed impossible. Break point number three and Murray has a chance to pass when Djokovic serve-volleys but the Serb volleys a winner.
A third double-fault of the match follows and this time Murray makes him pay with a forehand cross-court pass, and the Scot lets out a scream of delight.
"I heard a fascinating quote from Jim Courier that if Murray wins this match, he'll be viewed in the locker room as the world number two."
David Law on 5 Live Sports Extra
Murray 6-2 Djokovic
Cheeky. Djokovic wins the first point and then plays two drop shots in a lengthy second point, but Murray puts the second away with a forehand. A backhand off the Murray frame gives Djokovic a glimmer of hope but the Serb goes long with a forehand for 30-30, and then dumps another in the bottom of the net. Set point number two.... and after a curious forehand slice approach Murray puts away an easy smash. Great stuff from the Scot, dodgy start for the Serb.
Murray 5-2 Djokovic
Djokovic tries to get out of his rut with another sortie to the net but after a decent approach his smash catches the tape and flies out. At 40-30, Djokovic leans into a backhand down the line and smashes it way over the baseline. Murray then forces a volleying error with an attempted backhand pass and it's set point.... but the Briton sends a return just long. A good forehand takes Djokovic to game point and he gets a killer net cord form a drop shot to seal the game. Bit lucky but he needed that.
Murray 5-1 Djokovic
Djokovic wins the opening point on the Murray serve with a move to the net but the Briton responds with a big serve, and then produces a Sampras/Tsongaesque slam-dunk smash. Not sure I've seen him do that before, at least not so extravagantly. Murray then comes up with a breathtaking backhand cross-court pass that Djokovic can only stand and applaud. It's another hold and Murray is in irresistible form right now.
Murray 4-1 Djokovic
Djokovic gets off the mark with a solid enough hold to 15 but he looks understandably downbeat. Meanwhile, BBC 5 Live's David Law is apparently dealing with an overly enthusiastic Djokovic fan in front of his commentary box. Maybe it's the heat.
Murray 4-0 Djokovic
Quick as a flash, Murray holds to love. Djokovic tries to get a point replayed but the umpire refuses. Not his day so far.
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Murray 3-0 Djokovic
There is a little fist pump from Murray after Djokovic double-faults to go 15-30 down, and moments later the Serb has a shocker. Facing another break point he delivers a good serve out wide that prompts a high and wide return that is surely going out - but Djokovic drive-volleys it straight into the net. A perfect start from Murray, a nervous one from Djokovic.
Murray 2-0 Djokovic
A smooth ace opens things nicely for Murray and he then wins a great point, hooking a delicate mid-court forehand after an exchange at the net. Another ace seals a mightily impressive love-service game.
Murray 1-0 Djokovic
Djokovic opens the serving and it's a cautious start from both men, neither giving it full power as they find their rhythm from the baseline. Two successive unforced errors see Djokovic fall 15-40 behind. He saves the first break point with a big serve and drive volley, but frames a forehand on the second and Murray gets the early break.
"I have to say that I think that it will go right to the wire but its impossible to say who will win. If I had to say I would go for Djokovic though."
From barneysfulham on 606
The players walk out into the glaring sunlight and it looks like another hot one in Florida. Djokovic struggled in the heat in Australia in January, while Murray admitted Miami's humidity had taken him by surprise earlier in the week.
Evening all, and welcome to Miami... via Shepherds Bush. There are no worries over humidity, heat exhaustion, sunburn etc for us as we prepare to take in Britain's Andy Murray against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open.
A victory would give Murray arguably his most prestigious title, as Miami likes to style itself as the 'fifth Slam', although officially it stands alongside Cincinnati and Madrid, where Murray won last year, as a Masters 1000 event. Djokovic is going for his fifth Masters title.
Murray and Djokovic have met six times, with the Serbian winning the first four - including a humiliating 6-1 6-0 win here in Miami two years ago - but Murray took the last two.
These two 21-year-olds are involved in a battle for the world number three ranking, but Djokovic made sure he will hold on to it for the time being when he beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals on Friday.