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Novak Djokovic continues domination with win over Andy Murray

Simon Evans

Published 05/04/2015 | 21:39

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Butch Bucholz trophy after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Butch Bucholz trophy after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates to the crowd after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Butch Bucholz trophy after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates to the crowd after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands at the net after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands at the net after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after defeating Andy Murray of Great Britain during the final on day 14 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after defeating Andy Murray of Great Britain during the final on day 14 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after defeating Andy Murray of Great Britain during the final on day 14 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

World number one Novak Djokovic continued his impressive run of form, winning the Miami Open over Andy Murray 7-6(3) 4-6 6-0 at Key Biscayne on Sunday.

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The victory followed Djokovic's triumphs at the Australian Open and Indian Wells and was the Serb's fifth title at Miami.

He has now beaten Murray in 10 straight matches on hard courts and has an 18-8 overall record against the Scot.

The contest was a captivating for two sets but after Djokovic broke in the first game of the final set he never looked back.

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands at the net after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands at the net after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose for photographers after the final on day 14 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose for photographers after the final on day 14 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Murray started aggressively in the early afternoon heat and broke Djokovic in the third game but the Serb broke back straight away and then dominated the tie-break.

The second set produced some wonderful tennis from both players but turned in Murray's favour when, at 5-4 up, he broke Djokovic to love.

Following up on a brilliant return of an overhead shot from Djokovic that took him to break point, Murray sealed the set with a superb cross-court backhand winner.

Djokovic lost his cool, picking up a code violation for his yelling at the end of the set that left a nearby ball boy looking shaken.

But the Serb quickly turned his anger to his advantage. He broke Murray in the first game of the third set, the Scot twice dragging the ball into the net on the final two points to hand Djokovic an edge he was in no mood to let slip away.

A tired Murray was unable to recover and after losing to Djokovic in the final in Australia and the semi-final at Indian Wells he was left to contemplate another disappointment.

Reuters

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