Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Finals - 2012 Sony Ericsson Open

Photo: AP

Key Biscayne, FL - World No. 1 Novack Djokovic (SRB No. 1) showed why he is still the man to beat this year in men's tennis.

Djokovic (SRB No. 1) defeated Andy Murray (GRB No. 4) for the Men's Singles Championship in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (4) on a warm South Florida afternoon before a sell-out crowd.

Djokovic displayed powerful, pinpoint groundstrokes and overpowering serving and returning to overcome a determined and talented opponent.

It was his third Key Biscayne title, and put his win-loss record at 20-2 for Year 2012.

And it well-positioned him to confidently start the clay court season in Europe on a glidepath to the next Grand Slam tournament - Roland Garros (French Open) in May.

"I delivered the best when I needed to, and I came up with some good serves when the opportunity was presented," he remarked. "That's what matters the most, really. And that's something that gives me a lot of confidence for the next challenges."

Meanwhile, Agnieszka ("Aggie") Radwanska (POL No. 5), upset Maria Sharapova (RUS No. 2) for the Women's Singles Championship in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

It was Radwanska's biggest win of her career, her 9th WTA professional title, and put her at 26-4 for Year 2012.

Sharapova was clearly frustrated by the slender 5' 8" Radwanska who deftly played a creative, all-court game.

It was a masterclass performance by a rising star in the women's game, and by the first Polish player to win a Key Biscayne title.

"I was trying from the beginning to focus on my serve, and put my first serve in and go for it. I think I did a really good job today and the serve was the key," explained Radwanska.

Congrats to all the winners, players, fans and supporters of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne.

Well done, and see you next year!

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