Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C
Lynne Sladky/AP/Press Association Images
# No1
Djokovic king at Key Biscayne
The Serb looked unstoppable in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open, demolishing Andy Murray en route to his second title of the year.

TOP-RANKED NOVAK Djokovic won his third Sony Ericsson Open title Sunday, holding every service game to beat Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (4).

It was the 24-year-old’s second title of the year and his third tournament victory at Key Biscayne. Only six-time champion Andre Agassi has won more men’s titles on the island.

Djokovic’s victory over Murray – his eighth in 13 meetings – hinged on the outcome of the first set, during which the Serb’s dynamism  and accuracy proved a lethal combination. Struggling in the face of the onslaught, the Scot slumped to a win rate of less than 50 percent on his serve and was broken twice.

The lone break point Djokovic faced came in the fifth game of the second set, a threat he dismissed with comparative ease. In the tiebreaker, he lost only one service point and crept ahead when Murray double-faulted to make it 3-2. That one-point margin remaining intact until Murray ballooned a final forehand long.

Djokovic has improved to 90-8 since the start of 2011. He has won five Grand Slam titles, including the past three in a row.

– AP reporters contributed to this article

The Morning Score: Monday

Bring on City: Van Persie relishing Arsenal’s tough run-in

Kenny Dalglish demanfs more discipline