|Novak Djokovic poses with the winner’s trophy. (AP-Yonhap News)|
DUBAI (AP) ― Novak Djokovic rallied from a breakdown in the first set to win his fourth Dubai Championships title in five years on Saturday, downing third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3.
The top-ranked Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches, which included his third straight Australian Open title. He’s won 13 of their last 14 meetings en route to his 36th career title.
“It was never going to be an easy final for either one of us,” Djokovic said. “Tomas is a fantastic player. He has been around the tour and was a Grand Slam finalist (at Wimbledon). ... I’m just fortunate to go through.” Mexican Open
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) ― Rafael Nadal blasted past top seed and defending champion David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 in Saturday’s final of the Mexican Open in a powerful performance that indicated he has quickly returned to near his best after a long-term knee injury.
Ferrer was a three-time defending champion and had won 19 straight matches in this event, but he could find no answer to Nadal, losing to his Spanish compatriot in just one hour and five minutes.
The women’s final was similarly one-sided with Italy’s Sara Errani beating Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain 6-0, 6-4.