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ATP Miami Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori in final, moves past legends with historic win

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic completed a historic ATP Miami Open title run Sunday, matching Andre Agassi`s career-record six tournament crowns while surpassing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Boris Becker on three impressive lists.

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The 28-year-old Serbian captured his third consecutive Miami trophy and fifth in six seasons by downing Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3.

“It was my best performance of the tournament,” Djokovic said. “It came at the right time against a great player.”

By taking home the $1.028 million (902,000 euros) top prize, Djokovic surpassed Federer as the all-time ATP earnings leader, his $98,199,548 nudging him beyond the $97,855,881 of the Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion, who pulled out of Miami with a stomach virus.

Djokovic also took a record 28th career ATP Masters title, one better than the old mark he shared with Spain`s Nadal.

“The fact I managed to win the most Masters ever is a remarkable achievement I`m very proud of,” Djokovic said.

And he won his 714th career match, moving to 11th on the all-time list, one more than his coach, German six-time Grand Slam champion Becker.

“I`m grateful and proud of all the achievements,” Djokovic said. “To put myself in position to have the records and be in the history books is a great accomplishment. But I didn`t think much about it before the match. It didn`t serve as a distraction. Hopefully I can make many more records.”

With a smile, Djokovic noted: “Boris`s wins by far is the most important one. I had a phone call with him. We had a laugh about it.”Djokovic, who claimed his 63rd career ATP title, stretched his Miami win streak to 16 matches with his 30th victory in 31 starts over five years. His first Masters win came at Miami in 2007 and still inspires him.

“It has been a springboard for everything that has come after,” Djokovic said. “Opened a lot of doors for me. Made me realize I could beat the best players in the world.”

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