Djokovic to face Murray in Miami final

2015-04-03 18:18:14

The third-seeded Murray handled eighth-seeded Czech slugger Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 in the first semifinal on Day 10 at Crandon Park, while Djokovic claimed a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory over American crowd favorite John Isner in the night match.

Murray fell behind at love-30 serving in the final game of the match, but rallied and struck winners on the final three points. Berdych, who was a Miami finalist in 2010, is now 6-6 lifetime against Murray, including 0-2 this year.

Djokovic took control when he broke Isner for a 2-1 lead in the second set, marking the first time the American was broken in the tournament. The Serbian star cruised to victory from there and improved to 7-2 all-time against Isner.

The 2015 Australian Open runner-up Murray captured this Miami event in 2009 and 2013 and was the runner-up in 2012.

The 27-year-old Murray will appear in his 47th career final, seeking a 32nd ATP title. He's looking for his first title of 2015 after securing three championships on tour last year.

Murray will appear in his 13th Masters final and is now the fifth player in the Open Era to reach at least four Miami finals.

The reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon titlist Djokovic is a four-time Miami champ, including last year when he beat Rafael Nadal in a marquee finale, and was the runner-up to Murray in 2009. Djokovic defeated Murray in the 2012 final.

Fresh off his title in the California desert, Djokovic is looking to become the first player to complete the Indian Wells-Miami sweep on three separate occasions.

The 27-year-old Djokovic is chasing a 22nd Masters title. He holds a 50-23 record in ATP finals.

Djokovic is 17-8 lifetime against Murray, including 10-4 at Masters events and a victory in this year's Aussie final. Djokovic has won the past six meetings.

The winner of this $5.3 million event will collect $900,400.