Djokovic downs Nadal in Miami final

Novak Djokovic claimed a fourth Sony Open title (AP)

Novak Djokovic claimed a fourth Sony Open title (AP)

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Novak Djokovic came out on top in the battle between the leading two players in the world as he comprehensively defeated Rafael Nadal to claim the Sony Open in Miami.

In what was the 40th meeting between the pair - a record between two players in the Open era - Djokovic produced a clinical performance as he defeated world number one Nadal 6-3 6-3.

The Serbian won three of his four break points in the match, while Nadal failed to make the most of his one and only chance to break as Djokovic clinched victory in one hour and 24 minutes before celebrating wildly.

Djokovic, second in the ATP rankings, is now a four-time winner of the event, to go with his successes in 2007, 2011 and 2012, while Nadal has yet to lift the trophy after suffering another final disappointment.

The Spaniard had been beaten by Roger Federer (2005), Nikolay Davydenko (2008) and Djokovic (2011) in his three previous final appearances in Miami and it was a similar story on Sunday.


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