Joining an elite group of only two others who have hoisted this trophy for the third time, Novak Djokovic repeated as champion at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida on Sunday, April 1st. In the good company of Andre Agassi and Peter Sampras–both three time winners–Novak took the win from the 2009 titleist Andy Murray by a score of 6-1, 7-6(4).
Although April 1st is traditionally known as April Fools Day in the states, a day earmarked for one to play practical jokes or hoaxes on one another, Novak was no Djoker. He totally dismantled Andy Murray in the fist set with offensive powerful forehands, defensive all court coverage, and the overall solid play we have come to expect from the man sometimes referred to as simply Nole.
The second set was a horse of a different color–91 minutes in length–as this seesaw battle went the distance (in two sets) and was settled in a tiebreaker 7 points to 4. In the end, Novak come through with some strong serving and relentless groundstrokes that absorbed the Murray offensive push and gave it back in spades.
Since January of 2011, Djokovic has won 4 of 6 matches between the two. But Murray's recent win over Novak in the semifinal round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in straight sets, and his epic 5-set loss in the semi's of the 2012 Australian Open, show that Andy certainly has the chops to give the world number one something to think about each time they take the court.