Djokovic Continues Dominance at Sony Ericsson Open
Review of the Mens Tennis Tournament in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Djokovic Continues Dominance
Novak Djokovic was able to survive a late run by Andy Murray to win the Sony Ericsson Open, in what could only be described as an unusual tournament overall.
It all started with the third round. Andy Roddick faced off against Roger Federer in what many (including myself) would be an easy match for Federer to win. Roddick hadn’t beaten Federer since 2008 (unless you want to consider that exhibition match in Madison Square Garden earlier in the year) and has been dropping in the ATP World Rankings for some time now (now ranked #34). Another strange fact is that the win in 2008 came at the exact same tournament the two were playing in this week, and guess what? Roddick was able to pull it off yet again, defeating Federer 7-6, 1-6, 6-4.
It was truly something to watch, as Roddick clearly had his A-game going, serving beautifully and looking exactly like the player who took Federer to the distance at Wimbledon a few years ago. Federer, on the other hand, looked as though he was trying to press on his groundstrokes throughout much of the match, and as such was off for most of the day. Regardless, Roddick gave it everything he had and certainly showed that he has something left in the tank after dealing with injuries and an inconsistent game for some time now.
After defeating Federer, you would have though Roddick would have gone on to face one of the other top-3 players in the semi-finals with the way he was playing, but unfortunately it was not to be. Roddick came out flat against Juan Monaco in the next round, and lost the match 5-7, 0-6. Roddick said after the match that he was completely worn out, and by the way he was playing I would have to agree. He put in so much effort and stamina to get by Federer that he simply didn’t have anything left against Monaco. That is not a knock on Monaco, though, as Juan was the real surprise of the tournament, defeating Gael Monfils, Andy Roddick, and Mardy Fish on his way to the semi-finals. It would stop there for him, as Juan was defeated by Djokovic 0-6, 6-7.
On the other side of the bracket, Andy Murray was able to get through to the semi -finals, setting up a great match against Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately, though, Nadal had to withdraw due to injury, so Murray faced off against Djokovic in the final. You would have though Murray would have had the edge with the extra rest but he came out flat against Novak, who quickly took the first set 6-1. Murray got back into a rhythm in the second set, but could not get the important points when he needed them the most, as Djokovic won the match 6-1, 7-6.