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July 1, 2022

Tenis: Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in Miami final

In one of the most electrifying men’s singles finals in Sony Ericsson Open history, the Serbian defeated World No. 1 Rafael Nadal for the second consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event after winning at Indian Wells two weeks ago, upending the Spaniard 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) to win his second Sony Ericsson Open Sunday afternoon, according to atpworldtour.com. “As I said on the court, it was one of the closest and best finals that I have played ever,” a pleased Djokovic told reporters after his win. “I think it was very high level of tennis today. I think everybody enjoyed, even us playing. It was very close, and up to the last stroke we really didn’t know which way it’s going to go.”

The match took its toll on both player’s – even the World No. 1 came off the court fatigued, a rare occasion for one of the fittest players in the history of the game. “I was very tired at the end. Think I played a little bit better the beginning of last week’s final,” evaluated the Spaniard. “[But] I was there fighting until the last point… nothing left in my body right now, so that’s the sport. I love these kinds of matches.”

In front of a record final’s crowd of 14,625 fans, Djokovic improved to 24-0 on the season, and increases his overall winning streak to 26 wins in a row, dating back to last December’s Davis Cup Final. His title gives the two-time Australian Open champion his seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, five of which have come on outdoor hard courts, and 22nd title overall.

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