In completely non-surprising sports news, Novak Djokovic won his sixth Miami Open on Sunday, breaking a tie he briefly created with Rafael Nadal for career Masters 1000 titles.
Nadal long held the record with 27 and now Djokovic has eclipsed it by thumping Kei Nishikori in the final, 6-3, 6-3. It was an unspectacular match, with Djokovic’s consistency and incredibly high baseline level of play being more than enough to coast to the title.
Nishikori broke Djokovic’s serve to open the match, but was routinely broken himself for much of the afternoon, and whatever suspense was remaining late in the second set evaporated when, just as in his first Masters 1000 final back in 2014, Nishikori suffered another injury in a career full of them. This time it was a knee tweak of some sort, which robbed him of push on his serve.
Just as astounding as the 28 Masters titles for Djokovic is that this the third straight year (and fourth overall time) he has pulled off the Indian Wells-Miami double when no one had ever done so three times in an entire career. He’ll have a short time to get to Monte Carlo and get comfortable on the clay for next week’s Masters 1000 event there, but that certainly wasn’t a problem last year, when he won that title for the second time.