Despite not showing his best form on a hot day in Miami, Djokovic nonetheless demonstrated his competitive nature in the match lasting two hours and 47 minutes by overcoming all obstacles to win the Miami Open, after triumphing previously here in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Murray, who had lost to the Serb in the semi-finals at Indian Wells two weeks ago, had much more trouble with the heat and humidity although he started out aggressively and broke Djokovic’s serve in the first set’s third game. However, his rival returned the favour immediately and then dominated the tie-break to take the set.
The pair delivered some great tennis in the second set but Murray looked like he deserved the 4-6 win when he broke Djokovic.
After losing his temper and picking up a code violation after that set, Djokovic regained his focus and broke Murray in the third set’s first game and then continued to pound the flagging Scot until he secured the 6-0 win in the third set for the title.
Djokovic has now beaten Murray in their last 10 hard-court matches and has racked up an overall 18-8 record against him.
American top seed Serena Williams was in devastating form here on Saturday afternoon in the final of the Miami Open, trouncing Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0 in less than an hour to claim her eighth title at this elite hard-court event.
Williams hit 26 more winners than her opponent (29-3) and won 95 percent of her first-serve points en route to capturing her second title of the season, the other being the Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam event.
The Spaniard, who will move into the top 10 for the first time when the new WTA rankings come out on Monday, started well to stay even with the 19-time Grand Slam champion through four games.
But the 33-year-old Williams completely dominated the match from that point forward, hitting serves and ground strokes with so much power that Suarez Navarro was typically unable to keep the rallies alive beyond three or four shots.
The Spanish No. 12 seed, who was competing in a final of a WTA Premier Mandatory event for the first time in her career, hit a series of unforced errors to drop her serve in the sixth game and was unable to challenge the world No. 1 the rest of the way.
Williams was particularly lethal with her return game, allowing Suarez Navarro to win a paltry 26 percent of her second-serve points for the match.
After Williams snuffed out the 26-year-old Spaniard’s lone break-point opportunity in the second set and then grabbed a 3-0 lead, Suarez Navarro appeared resigned to her fate, putting up little fight as the American raced through the remaining games.