Familiar foes Djokovic and Murray resume battle in Miami

Sat Apr 4, 2015 1:34pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray renew their rivalry on Sunday in the final of the Miami Open with the Serb looking to extend his dominance over the Scot.

World number one Djokovic has won the last nine clashes of the pair on hard courts and overall has a 17-8 advantage in their meetings.

“Especially with the one just recently in Indian Wells, (my record) gives me confidence and maybe a slight mental advantage,” Djokovic said after beating American John Isner in straight sets in Friday’s semi-final.

Nonetheless Djokovic expects a close contest under the palm trees.

Murray is very much at home on the stadium court at Key Biscayne, where he practices during the off-season and has won two titles - one of them against Djokovic in 2009.

But Djokovic can hardly be said to be a stranger to success at the South Florida venue where he has won four times including his victory over Murray in 2012.

They last met in the semi-finals at Indian Wells last month with Djokovic triumphing in straight sets after having beaten Murray in a hard-fought, four-set battle in the Australian Open final in January.

“We're talking about small margins,” said Djokovic, “That’s always the case when we play against each other. Very few points, details can decide a winner. We have very similar games.   Continued...

Apr 3, 2015; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Novak Djokovic hits a backhand against John Isner (not pictured) in a men's singles semi-final on day twelve of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center.  Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports