Andy Murray one-upped Novak Djokovic in the race to challenge Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on Sunday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, with the Brit bouncing the Serb 6-2, 7-5 for the title.
Djokovic appeared nervous as Murray raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but led 4-1 in the second before Murray stormed back for the win. Djokovic made 43 unforced errors to Murray’s 19.
“The match was difficult in this heat,” Murray said. “I lost my rhythm a little in the second set but I was able to finish it anyway.”
Djokovic defeated Federer in the semis, but seemed unable to summon his best consistently against Murray’s large bag of shots.
The result moves the No. 4-ranked Murray to within 170 points of the No. 3 Djokovic entering the claycourt season.
Serena Williams, hampered by an injured left thigh, was upset 6-3, 6-1 in the Saturday women’s final by teen Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
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