Rafael Nadal may be the ATP World No. 1 but Serbian Novak Djokovic has just proven that he's better than the Spaniard.
Djokovic beat Nadal, 6-3, 6-3 in the finale of the Sony Open 2014 at the Tennis Center in Crandon Park in Miami, Florida. It was Djokovic's fourth title at the Miami Masters with wins also in 2007, 2011, 2012. Djokovic still trails Nadal, 18-22 in the all-time head-to-head meeting between the two rivals but the Serb has won three straight matches against Nadal after wins in the 2013 China Open and the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals in London.
“Rafa is the kind of player that if you allow him or give him a chance, he’s going to capitalize on it, he’s going to take that chance he’s going to come back in that match, and you’re going to lose,” Djokovic told the tournament's official website. “And I didn’t want to lose that advantage and I kept pressing him until the end.”
“It’s a big challenge always when I play Rafa on any surface, but especially on clay. We’ve played some great matches the last three or four years, and they’ve been decided by a few points. There are very few matches that were one-sided. I knew what to expect from Rafa today. When he fights for a trophy, he comes out very aggressive from the first point and wants to make sure he sends a message to his opponent.”
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