This year’s final representation on the clay court in Madrid had the first two players of the ATP ranking at its forefront. The Serb-Scottish duel has already consumed its second act of the season. The Serbian claimed his victory in the first 2016 encounter between the two Tennis players. This took place at the end of January, in the Australian Open final. The Serbian also reaped the praise, this time, in Madrid. Djokovic, thus, adds one more Masters Series title to his record, outrunning Rafael Nadal in this regard. Before this tournament, the Serbian and the Spaniard had recorded 28 Masters titles each.

The first part of the match

Andy Murray, the defending champion at Mutua Madrid, had a formidable rise in his journey to the final. Although his performance had been less convincing in Monte Carlo, Murray reinvented himself at this tournament. His strong playing which continuously pushed the limits was improved by the many drop-shots that broke any type of defense his previous opponents might have had. This is why the final was expected to be balanced.

In the first set, NovakDjokovic really proved that he’s the ATP leader. Murray lost on his own serve right in the opening game. That turned out to be a critical moment of the first set. The Serbian then controlled the pace, managed another break in the 5th game, and in only 32 minutes he claimed the set 6-2.

Murray's refusal to surrender

In the second set, Murray was determined not to give up without putting up a serious fight. Managing to maintain his serve, he put the pressure on the Serbian, which led Murray to win the 4th game on his opponent’s service. 40 minutes after the beginning of the set, at the very first set point, the Scotsman remained calm and won the second set 3-6, managing to push the final toward the decisive set.

The third set was really dramatic. Both tennis players threw in their last resources in an attempt to conquer the opponent fortress. In a metaphorical way, the deciding act was like a boxing match where opponents fight with no gloves and no guard on. Many breaks, missed opportunities, and two wasted championship points sketched the complete picture of confrontation.

But in the end, it was Novak Djokovic who claimed the title. It was the second success in Madrid for him. The previous one occurred back in 2011.

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