Published On: Mon, Apr 20th, 2015

Djokovic’s middas touch continues

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Novak Djokovic’s remarkable start to the season continues to gather momentum. The Australian Open champion became the first player ever to win the year’s first three Masters Series tournaments when he added the Monte Carlo trophy to his Indian Wells and Miami titles. Tomas Berdych gave Djokovic his stiffest test of the week but the world No 1 triumphed 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic became the first man to win the first three Masters 1000 titles of the season after edging Tomas Berdych 7-5 4-6 6-3 in Monte Carlo. Djokovic, who has lost only two matches in 2015, outlasted the Czech sixth seed in a final delayed by light rain to secure his fourth tournament win of the year.

Djokovic opened his 2015 account by winning his fifth Australian Open before following up with Masters victories at Indian Wells and Miami and also marked a fourth straight Masters 1000 title after also winning at Paris Bercy last November.

With his 23rd Masters title, Djokovic extended his winning streak to 17 matches while Berdych, who lost his third final of the season, has yet to win a Masters title since Paris in 2005. “I thought I won this match with my heart and with battle,” said Djokovic. “That’s how I feel like I won it. I don’t think I’ve played on the level that I wish to play and that I have played throughout the whole week.

Djokovic’s only defeat since the first week of the season was to Roger Federer in the Dubai final. He has now claimed the last six major trophies on the men’s tour – the four Masters Series titles, the Australian Open and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – and has won 11 finals in a row.

Ties Federer for the second spot on ATP 1000 list

The World Number 1 tied Swiss great Roger Federer at the second spot in terms of most title triumphs at the ATP Masters 1000 level. Former world number 1 Rafael Nadal leads the pack with 27 titles against his name.

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