After cracking the top-20 in 2006, Novak Djokovic was eager for more in the upcoming season, becoming the third most reliable link in men’s tennis behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Novak kicked off the 2007 campaign with a title in Adelaide before losing to Federer at the Australian Open and Dubai, heading to Indian Wells and scoring five dominant wins to reach the final, losing it to Rafael Nadal.
With those 350 points, Novak secured the place in the top-10 for the first time ahead of Miami, delivering his best tennis in Florida to lift the maiden Masters 1000 crown, still standing as the last teenager with a trophy at this level!
Djokovic defeated Daniele Bracciali with a single break in round two, followed by a couple of easy days at the office. The Serb toppled Michael Llodra, Feliciano Lopez, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, dropping serve only once in five encounters to book a place in the final against Guillermo Canas.
On April 1, Djokovic defeated the Argentine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes, keeping the strings of the clash in his hands from start to finish to claim the biggest title of his young career, two months before turning 20!
Novak saved all five break points while Guillermo couldn’t match that pace, serving at only 54% and losing 42% of the points behind the initial shot to suffer four breaks from seven opportunities given to a teenager.
Novak Djokovic claimed the first Masters 1000 crown in Miami 2007 over Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic had the advantage in the quickest and more extended exchanges, staying focused and marching towards the title to become the youngest winner of the prestigious event.
After the match, Novak said that he feels he belongs into the top-3 alongside Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, improving his game all the time and playing the career-best tennis in the last couple of weeks. “I’m always comparing myself to the world’s best players; that’s where I want to be.
I feel for the first time that I’m on their level and that I belong in the top-3. I proved that with a win over Nadal here in Miami. I’m still waiting for that victory over Roger Federer, but I hope it will come soon.
I’m happy with my achievement so far, hoping it’s only the beginning. With Marian Vajda and Mark Woodforde, who was with us in the past couple of weeks, I have worked on my volleys, trying to be more aggressive and finish the points at the net.
I almost wasted a 30-0 lead in the final game, that shouldn’t happen, and I have to be more careful. I went with that last forehand and fell to the ground; it was a very emotional moment. I was very nervous before the match, facing an opponent who is in great shape. Also, I lost the final in Indian Wells, and I wanted badly to avoid another defeat,” Novak Djokovic said.