For the second year in a row. Novak Djokovic, is the Sony Ericsson Open champion. After putting in a strong performance all week to reach the finals. He looked to be the clear favorite against Andy Murray and proved that assumption right, by winning the first set 6-1. A more intense battle ensued at the start of the second set. With Murray, fighting desperately to get a foot hold in the match. Things did look up for him briefly, when he came up with a sick drop shot winner at 1-2 in the tiebreak. But that moment was short lived. Murray, gave the momentum right back to Djokovic, on the very next point. Then at 5-4 Djokovic, came up with an incredible winner of his own to gain two match points. The match was now a forgone conclusion. After a sprayed error from Murray’s forehand. Djokovic raised his arms in the air. The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open champion.
Great stuff from Novak. He deserves to be the champion for two years running. I also want to point out the score line of his last three matches, were virtually the same. Ferrer, Monaco, and Murray were all blitzed in the opening set, but had real opportunities to turn the match around in the second. In each case, it was just a point or two that made the difference between forcing a third set and losing in straights. This is often what it comes down to. How well do you handle the big points? Djokovic, winning the tie-breaks proves that he thrives in this department. He’s running with great confidence and it will be very difficult to stop him. I’d say Nadal, will have his hand full, trying to keep the French Open out of his hands.
It’s been a long time since Nadal, has had a real threat to his success on clay. Making a French Open final between them all the more intriguing.