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Andy Murray became the first Brit to win the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday.
The Scotsman used his vast repertoire of shots and took advantage of Novak Djokovic's slow start to win 6-2, 7-5 in the final at Key Biscayne.
Djokovic looked nervous at the start as the No. 4-seeded Murray raced to a 4-0 lead. In the second set, Murray rallied from a break down trailing 4-1.
Murray became the first three-time titlist on the men's tour this year. He finished with only 19 unforced errors while Djokovic had 43.
It was a matchup of Nos. 3 and 4 instead of the anticipated showdown between Nos. 1 and 2. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal lost in the quarterfinals to Juan Martin del Potro, and Djokovic upset Roger Federer in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi are already looking forward to the clay court season after claiming the doubles title at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday.
The Israeli/Belarusian duo, which will start getting used to the clay in Monte Carlo next week, defeated Australians Ashley Fisher and Stephen Huss 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-7 in Miami, two weeks after losing in the final in Indian Wells.
"I think playing with Max the last two tournaments, winning many matches is giving us the confidence that we can come back from any situation," Ram said. "We came back in the last two weeks from every situation possible.
"I've been playing tennis for many years, and the situations we came back from, I don't remember doing it in the past. It really gives you confidence, getting back from match points in Indian Wells, and then here doing it again."
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