Novak Djokovic cruised to the Sony Open title in Miami with a 6-3 6-3 triumph over world number one Rafael Nadal.
The Serb, who had beaten Britain’s Andy Murray on the way to the final, dominated throughout and broke his opponent three times in total, once in the first set and twice in the second.
It was also his fourth tournament triumph, a feat that surpassed 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras in the process.
Nadal looked a shadow of the player that won two slams last year, and will be aiming to bounce back in appearances in Montecarlo and Barcelona ahead of the French Open which commences in May.
He is widely tipped to scoop a ninth title at Roland Garros, but on this showing Djokovic will prove a tough man to beat.
The world number two raced to the first set in 40 minutes and broke the Spaniard early in the second to tighten his grip on the title.
Nadal was resilient, yet ultimately fell short.
Speaking after the match, Djokovic was elated with the performance.
“This tournament has been perfect from the beginning to the end,” he told reporters, after failing to drop a set during the duration of the competition. “The matches that I have played I played really well, and I elevated my game as the tournament progressed.
“The best performance of the tournament came in the right moment on Sunday, against the biggest rival.”
Nadal was understandably downbeat but refused to dwell on the latest setback after his defeat in Indian Wells earlier in the month.
“No frustration. That’s tennis.
“I played a few games and a few points in the right way, with intensity.
“But the opponent was better than me. That’s it.”
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