Read more about sharing. Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak against Britain's Andy Murray to seven matches with victory in a gruelling Miami Open final.
The world number one prevailed in hot and humid conditions to win his fifth Miami title.
Djokovic, 27, takes his record against Murray to , and the Serb will tie Rafael Nadal's total of weeks at the top of the rankings on Monday. Murray, who gets married next Saturday, will move up from fourth to third.
The Scot, 27, twice led by a break in the first set and looked to have the momentum heading into the decider, but ultimately came up short once again. I just need to keep working hard.
World number one by numbers Djokovic now leads Murray after 26 matches The Serb claimed his 51st career title in Miami First man to win Indian Wells-Miami double three times Djokovic joins Nadal on weeks as world number one Djokovic has won 22 Masters titles, Federer 23, Nadal 27 His record for is 25 wins and two defeats Murray clearly decided it was time to try a different approach and attacked relentlessly from the outset, especially on the return of serve.
It brought rewards, but both men were struggling with the bright Florida sunshine and the first 10 games were won from the same end of the court. Murray had seen two leads disappear in that time and did well to hang on after Djokovic finally held from the tricky end, the Scot recovering from to force a tie-break.
Some loose play led to Murray falling behind, still facing the sun, and two poor forehands let Djokovic off the hook after he twice got back to within two points.
There were fleeting signs of Djokovic hobbling and both men showed flashes of irritation as the encounter became increasingly punishing in the second set. Overheads were missed by both and after Murray saved four break points in game three, he was furious to miss a chance of his own with a backhand in game four.
It was the Scot who found the inspiration when it mattered, however, playing a terrific return game at and crunching away a backhand winner on set point. Djokovic erupted furiously in the direction of his player box, and then the umpire after receiving a code violation, but once play resumed he quickly regained control of the contest.
Murray failed to put away three smashes in a row and then netted a volley as he dropped serve at the start of the third and Djokovic all but sealed it with a second break for The Serb had finished off Murray with a love set in February's Australian Open final and he did so once again to become the first man to win the Indian Wells-Miami double three times.
Djokovic thanked coach Boris Becker - famous for his diving volleys - after the match Murray's fiancee Kim Sears was watching in Miami - the pair will marry on Saturday Miami's Crandon Park is a familiar training venue for Murray, who has a house nearby Share this page.