Novak Djokovic won a tight battle between fellow HEAD racquet rebels, bolstering his world No. 1 status with a third career trophy at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Djokovic, swinging his YouTek™ IG Speed MP, lifted the 30th title of his career with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) defeat over Andy Murray in the final. This victory completed a Miami hat-trick for the 24-year-old after winning in 2007 and 2011.
Djokovic, who claimed his second title of 2012 after winning the Australian Open, now owns 11 ATP Masters 1000 trophies and became the first back-to-back winner since Roger Federer in 2005-06. "I played great from the start to the finish," said Djokovic. "I had some chances to break in the second set, but you never know with Andy. He's such a good player and can always come back. I was just glad to close it out in straight sets.”
"It was very important for me to win here in 2007, which was a major breakthrough in my career, my first big title. It was a huge springboard for me and gave me confidence. I always have great memories here in Miami, especially playing the night matches with a crowd that really gets into it.”
"I didn't return well today, which is normally one of the best parts of my game. That was the difference, in my opinion," said Murray who plays with a YouTek™ IG Radical Pro. "If I was able to get into more longer rallies on his service games, then maybe it would have been a different result in the second set. Of course I am a bit disappointed but I think I played a great tournament."
In the women's final, HEAD racquet rebel Maria Sharapova, playing with her YouTek™ IG Instinct MP, battled Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in a 5-7, 4-6 defeat. The WTA No. 2 was playing her second consecutive Masters final in the US after her match against No. 1 rival Victoria Azarenka in Indian Wells.
"It feels tough just now, it's not the easiest thing in the world," said Sharapova. "But of course, these last two tournaments are always the toughest because they're so close together and you play six matches in one event. Obviously I would have loved to be the winner, but that's just the way it goes."
Sharapova will take a short break before beginning her preparation for the clay season, where she won the Rome title last May. "I feel like I'm much better on clay and I've improved, physically, as well. I'm looking forward to taking a little break now before getting on the clay and starting to practice again."
In the women’s doubles, HEAD's Robert Vinci (YouTek™ IG Extreme Pro) and doubles partner Sara Errani reached the women's final against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. After winning the first set in a 7-0 tie-break they had to accept Kirilenko’s and Petrova’s win in a match tie-break after losing the second set 4-6.