Radwanska wins Women’s title, Djokovic in final; Nadal pulls out of Miami semi finals

Miami Masters 2012
By Rajesh Srinivasan, April 1st, 2012

Radwanska wins Women’s title

Agnieszka Radwanska with Miami Masters 2012 Trophy

Agnieszka Radwanska with Miami Masters 2012 Trophy

On Saturday Agnieszka Radwanska won the Sony Ericsson Open women’s title beating Maria Sharapova 7-5, 6-4 in the final. The match was pretty close affair with Radwanska breaking in the final game of both sets to win the set. Sharapova who had led Radwanska 7-1 in career meetings was pretty disappointed that she couldn’t win the title again after her fourth final loss at Miami.

Radwanska won her 26th match in 2012 against 5 defeats with four losses coming against World No.1 Victoria Azarenka.

Radwanska won her 9th career title and second of the year.

Friday’s semi final at the Sony Ericsson Open between Nadal and Murray was eagerly anticipated but Nadal pulled out hours before the match with a knee injury. World No.2 Rafael Nadal who was plagued with knee pain throughout the tournament pulled out after his knee did not respond well to treatment. He had played with knee strapped against Nishikori as well.

It was disappointing news to Nadal fans who were hoping to see him capture a first title at Miami. Nadal now sees a doctor before preparing for the clay court season. Nadal apologised to the fans and said that the problem started before Indian Wells but did not limit him at that stage.

Novak Djokovic beat Juan Monaco 6-0, 7-6(5) to reach a final showdown against Andy Murray. Djokovic was facing Monaco who was a player on a hot streak at Miami. It did not take long for him to put Monaco under pressure breaking him in the very first game. Monaco lost the set at love only winning 8 points. Djokovic broke through to 3-2 in the second set and then saved a break point before holding to 4-2. Monaco had 3 break point chances at 3-4 but could not capitalise to go down 3-5.

Serving for the match at 5-4, Djokovic again found it tough to close out going down 0-40. He fought back to deuce with some aggressive tennis but double faulted to hand Monaco another break point. This time Monaco broke on a forehand error. For the second match in a row, Djokovic was broken while serving for the match. But again Monaco found himself down a break point at 5-5. Monaco saved it on a forehand error and 2 big serves helped him to lead 6-5 for the first time in the match. In the tiebreak Djokovic went ahead 5-3 courtesy a crucial forehand miss from Monaco. Another error handed Djokovic the match.

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