Djokovic beats Isner to face Murray in Miami final

Djokovic beats Isner to face Murray in Miami final
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Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic moved to within a victory of defending his Miami Masters title and collecting a fifth at the venue as he hammered tiring John Isner 7-6, (7-3), 6-2 in their Friday semi-final.

Djokovic proved to be unintimidated by the huge serve of the American, scoring 10 aces to Isner's nine in the 90-minute contest.

Djokovic will play longtime rival and two-time winner Andy Murray after the Scot beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4, putting the third seed into his fourth final.

"It was a high-quality match in tough conditions," said Murray, who also defeated Berdych in the Australian Open semi-finals in January and stands 7-5 in the series.

"I obviously started both sets well, that was really the difference, to be honest. We played some good points. I thought throughout it was a pretty clean match. I felt like I just played a bit better than him.

"I came up with some big serves and was able to dictate, I felt anyway, a lot of the rallies from the baseline as well. I was moving him around a lot. That was good."

Against Djokovic, Isner lost serve for the first time at the tournament after 53 successful holds as the Serb took a grip on victory with a break for 2-1 in the second set. He backed it up with a second break to lead 4-1 as Isner faded.

Djokovic finished the job two games later on his first match point, ending with 25 winners, and just eight unforced errors.

"John is one of the best servers in the game, he hits a big forehand," said Djokovic, who stands 17-8 over Murray and beat the Scot a few week ago in an Indian Wells semi-final.

"I managed to get a lot of serves, back, that was a key to the match. I had to make him play and get into the rally, make him work extra

"He doesn't miss many first serves, so when I had a second serve I had to take the chance. I tried to play aggressive and take time away form him, it worked very well.

Djokovic will Sunday plays his 32nd Masters 1000 final and is seeking a 22nd title.

Murray will be competing in his 13th final at the Masters level aiming for his 10th trophy. He holds 31 career titles from 47 finals, including the 2012 US Open and Wimbledon the next summer.

The opening set in Miami began with three consecutive breaks, with Hurray steadying first to win the set over Berdych.

It was the identical scenario in the second set as the Scot took a grip on the contest. Hurray earned a match point leading 5-4 and put it away with an inside-out forehand winner to take victory after just under one and three-quarter-hours.

The Scot had 21 winners, 15 unforced errors and broke Berdych on four of six chances.

Berdych said he was glad to see the end of the back-to-back US hardcourt Masters pair of event.

"These are the longest two tournaments that we have. It's really a hard part of the year, but I'm through it. It was a solid two tournaments for me."

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