BNP Paribas Open Final Novak Djokovic Defeats Milos Raonic Five Points


photo courtesy of the BNP Paribas Open twitter account.

Novak Djokovic’s speedy 6-2, 6-0 win over Milos Raonic in the 2016 BNP Paribas Open final was another piece of history for the world No.1. The Tennis Review looks at five points concerning the Serb’s 62nd ATP title win.

Novak Djokovic won a historic fifth Indian Wells trophy

Djokovic was tied at four trophies with Federer, but he now holds the record for the most trophies at the ATP’s most prestigious 1000 event with five. Djokovic has won the title in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and now 2016.

In the trophy ceremony, the idea to rename the center court the Novak Djokovic court was put forward. After today, that seems only right.

Novak Djokovic is now tied with Rafa Nadal at 27 ATP 1000 titles

With the Miami  Open coming up this week, Djokovic will most likely take the lead on that table pretty soon.

Milos Raonic was suffering from an injury

Raonic was on the comeback from an abductor injury he suffered in the Australian Open semi-final and that injury may have been aggravated in the BNP Paribas Open final which might have accounted somewhat for the very one-sided scoreline.

Djokovic made just four unforced errors

Injured opponent or not, Djokovic did what he tends to do in finals- he played the perfect strategy. Djokovic exploited Raonic’s impaired movement and played the kind of baseline tennis he does so well on slow hard court. The Serb did not put a foot wrong as he dropped just two games, struck 15 winners in 14 games and hit a grand total of four unforced errors.

Djokovic’s return game won him the match

Raonic did well on his first serve, winning 23 of 30 points behind that delivery, but on his second serve, he was well and truly punished. The Canadian struggled to do anything with that stroke, perhaps too hampered by a reported leg injury, and won just 3 of 30 points, 10%, behind that stroke.

Djokovic said after the match how his return game had been key to such a dominant display and that he had been able to control points from the baseline as a result. With Djokovic’s own service game being so effective- he won 79% of points behind his first serve, 62 behind his second, and faced no break points- the combination of a killer service and return game resulted in a performance that once again reiterated the fact that nothing other than your best tennis is going to get you a win over Novak Djokovic in an ATP final.



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Christian Deverille

Christian Deverille is a tennis writer with a diploma in Freelance Sports Writing from the London School of Journalism. He loves all things tennis, most of all the Federer and del Potro forehands.
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