Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 5 April 2009

Andy Murray shows his class with Miami title win

Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5 to win this year's Sony Ericsson Open, with a dominent performance that we've seen the British number 1 produce time and time again.

Andy Murray flew out to an early 4-0 lead against the man above him in the world rankings with some good tennis against a slow-starting Novak Djokovic. Whilst he did hold onto this final two service games in the first set, so did Andy Murray, to take the first set 6-2. Too many errors from the Serb didn't help his cause and neither did some top class class from the Scot. A well-deserved set that set him on his way.

After holding serve in the opening game of the second set, Andy Murray's momentum was slowed down when Novak Djokovic took a short break by calling his trainer on the pitch. With little wrong with him, his gamesmanship had thrown Murray off his game who started making errors of his own and allowing the Serbian world number 3 back into the match. Although Murray wasn't as worked up as he may well have been, his level of tennis had dropped and Djokovic used the momentum. 4 games in a row gave him a 4-1 lead before Andy Murray saved a break point in the 14th game and eventually held on, narrowly, 2-4. The Scot was hoping to use this as the start of comeback in the second set but Djokovic appeared to crush that by holding to 30 in the next game for a 5-2 lead. A love service game from Murray next as Murray showed he wasn't giving up. Djokovic failed to convert a set point on his own serve and momentum was shifting when Murray broke to make it 4-5. It was all Murray after that which included breaking Djokovic's serve to love before holding to 15 in his final game and win the Sony Ericsson Open. The first British winner of this competition as he closes in on the world number 3 spot.

It seems just a matter of time now before Andy Murray overhauls Novak Djokovic to become the first ever British world number 3. Hopefully he'll be that before Wimbledon this year. Whilst being some way behind Federer in the rankings it is arguable to say that he is the 2nd best player int he game today, but I know that will spark some debate...

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