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Djokovic routs rival Nadal to earn fourth Miami Masters title

MIAMI, Florida -- Six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth Miami Masters crown with a dominating straight sets win over world number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

Second seed Djokovic cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win in the men's final of the combined ATP and WTA Tour hardcourt tournament.

"I played a great match everything was working really well," Djokovic said. "I didn't give him a chance to come back in the match. I am really excited."

Djokovic, who benefited from two walkovers, didn't drop a set winning his third Miami title in four years and fourth in total to add to triumphs in 2007, 2011, and 2012.

Djokovic clinched the victory on his first championship point, capping a long rally with a clever volley that landed in the open court at the Crandon Park Tennis Center.

The 26-year-old Serbian had a relatively easy time beating Nadal. His serve was bigger and his defense stronger as he came in with the perfect game plan to collect the US$787,000 winner's check.

He blasted five aces, won 30 of 35 points on his first serve and had no double faults in the 83-minute contest.

Djokovic captured his second straight Masters title having won two weeks ago in the California desert at Indian Wells. He has fond memories of playing in the U.S. and especially on the hardcourts in Florida.

"We come here to play in the United States for four weeks," Djokovic said. "It gives you plenty time to recover. I love the hardcourts and it is my most preferred surface. In 2007 I won my first big title here in Miami."

The match started evenly until Djokovic broke Nadal in the first set to go up 3-2. He took the set when Nadal failed to return a serve.

Djokovic broke to open the second set then broke the Spaniard again in the final game of the match.

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