BRITAIN’S Andy Murray blamed the energy-sapping Florida heat after succumbing to world No1 Novak Djokovic in last night’s Miami Masters final.
Murray’s early sloppiness handed the Serb the first set and, though the Scot improved, he failed to earn a single break point before losing 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).
“The conditions were tough,” said the world No4, who had played two matches fewer on his way to the final due to withdrawals.
“There were lots of really long points and it was a long match. In the first set I didn’t serve or return well. He played really, really well.”
Djokovic is the first man since 2006 to retain the title and joins Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras in winning it for a third time.