The 2011 Miami Open men’s singles final match was between No.1 seed Rafael NADAL of Spain and No.2 seed Novak DJOKOVIC of Serbia. For the second straight tournament Nadal and Djokovic were playing off for the title, with Nadal looking to reinstate his authority after being defeated by Djokovic at the Indian Wells Open.
In 2010 Roger Federer won the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal then won all three Masters 1000 singles titles on clay and followed that by winning three Grand Slam single titles in a row. Nadal finished the year at No.1 with a significant points margin over Federer who was No.2. The popular consensus was the Nadal would win the Australian Open and complete the “Rafa Slam” and continue for some time as the clear best player on the ATP Tour with a lot of hype about winning THE Grand Slam in 2011.
The 1.85m left-hander is the current record holder for total number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles titles with 18. Nadal won all three clay court Masters 1000 titles in 2010 and was going for his first Masters 1000 singles title on hard court since he won the Indian Wells Open in 2009.
The 24-year-old Nadal leads the 23-year-old Djokovic with 16 wins to 8 in their previous encounters leading into the final. In their last meeting at Indian Wells a fortnight ago the 1.88m Djokovic won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to move to 8 wins to 5 on hard courts versus Nadal and to 4 of the past 6 matches. Nadal has a 9-0 record against Djokovic on clay and a 2-0 record on grass courts.
Djokovic is pictured above on the move and in preparation to play his double-handed backhand drive at the 2011 Australian Open. The winner of the final wins $611,000 US dollars and earns 1,000 ATP ranking points. The runner-up wins $298,200 and 600 ranking points. Nadal is 18-7 in Masters 1000 singles finals and Djokovic is 6-6 in Masters finals.
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Djokovic was triumphant in a great final that went down to the wire, with Djokovic taking the final set tiebreak by seven points to four to win his second Miami singles title after capturing his first in 2007.
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