Djokovic cut to 6-4 to retain his crown
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Fernando Verdasco had started the season in positive mood and the Spaniard was expected by some to provide a stern test for Djokovic. But the world number two made light work of the Madrileno, winning 6-1 7-6 6-2.
Djokovic said: “From one perspective it was good that I had a tough opener. It made me approach the tournament with the right intensity from the first point.”
Hills go 6-4 that Djokovic and Murray again contest the men’s final, while Serena Williams was trimmed to 11-4 to regain the women’s singles title after ousting Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-3.