KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley past a weary Rafael Nadal for a winner.
That was just on the last point.
With superior offense and defense, Djokovic earned his fourth Key Biscayne title, while Nadal failed again trying for his first. Djokovic took charge midway through the first set Sunday and closed out the victory by winning a remarkable exchange to beat Nadal 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Sony Open.
This tournament has been perfect from the beginning to the end, Djokovic said. The matches that I have played I played really well, and I elevated my game as the tournament progressed. The best performance of the tournament came in the right moment on Sunday, against the biggest rival.
Nadal fell to 0-4 in finals at Key Biscayne, one of just three ATP Masters 1000 events he has yet to win.
Crafton notches Martinsville win
Matt Crafton grabbed the lead for the first time late and held on to win the rain-delayed Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, his fourth career victory and first on the half-mile paper clip. Darrell Wallace, who won at Martinsville last fall, finished second, followed by Ben Kennedy, Johnny Sauter and Ryan Blaney.
Mercedes finish 1-2 at Malaysian
In Sepang, Malaysia, Lewis Hamilton led a one-two finish for the Mercedes team at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix. Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg by 17.3 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit, with defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull third.
Women win two NHRA titles
In Las Vegas, Alexis DeJoria won in Funny Car and Erica Enders-Stevens topped the Pro Stock field in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals for the second female double in NHRA history. Enders-Stevens and Courtney Force also accomplished the feat in the 2012 Northwest Nationals. Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel.
Like 2001, Arizona fans battle police
Repeating a scene from 2001, several hundred Arizona fans and Tucson police clashed in the streets after the University of Arizona basketball team’s loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament. Authorities say 15 people were arrested.
Receiver commits to Notre Dame
Jalen Guyton, a 6-foot, 180-pound receiver from Allen (Texas) High School, announced on his Twitter account that he orally committed to Notre Dame. The three-star prospect is the fifth member of the Irish’s 2015 recruiting class.
Aussie gets 1st PGA win at Texas Open
In San Antonio, Steven Bowditch held on to win the Texas Open by one stroke in windy conditions for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters. The 30-year-old Australian’s 4-over 76 was the highest closing score by a winner since Vijay Singh finished with a 4-over 76 in the 2004 PGA Championship Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays tied for second.
Nordqvist rallies in KIA Classic
In Carlsbad, Calif., Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic at Aviara for her second victory in her last four LPGA Tour starts. Nordqvist closed with her second straight 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Lizette Salas.
Lagat finishes 2nd, sets US 5K record
In Carlsbad, Calif., Bernard Lagat has set the American 5,000-meter road record by clocking 13 minutes, 18 seconds in the Carlsbad 5000. Lagat finished second to Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, who won in 13:13. Lagat broke Mark Davis’ mark of 13:24, set in the Carlsbad 5000 in 1996.
Hingis, Lisicki win doubles title
In Key Biscayne, Fla., Martina Hingis won her first doubles title in seven years when she and Sabine Lisicki defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 at the Sony Open.