World number one Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive ATP Miami Open title on Sunday, downing Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 for a record-matching sixth crown overall.
The 28-year-old Serbian captured his fifth trophy in six seasons on the Florida hardcourts to equal Andre Agassi’s Miami record total and took a record 28th career ATP Masters title, one better than the old mark he shared with Rafael Nadal.
“I have a very special connection to this tournament,” Djokovic said. “Back in 2007 at Miami it was the biggest tournament that I had won. It has been a springboard for everything that has come after that.”
By taking home $1.028 million for the title, Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer as the all-time ATP prize money 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, who in January won at Doha and captured an 11th career Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, also swept the US double of Miami and Indian Wells for the third year in a row and fourth time overall.
The only other man with three Miami crowns in a row was Agassi from 2001-2003.