Novak Djokovic used his superior stamina in the Florida heat to beat Andy Murray for the seventh consecutive time Sunday and win the Miami Open final 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0 in Key Biscayne.
The top-ranked Djokovic became the first man to complete the Indian Wells-Key Biscayne spring sweep three times. He beat Murray in the semifinals at Indian Wells and also in the Australian Open final Feb. 1 for his eighth Grand Slam title.
Murray will climb from fourth to third in the new rankings, but he has lost 12 consecutive matches to his biggest rivals — Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — since winning Wimbledon in 2013.
Murray broke in the final game of the second set to even the match, but fatigue then became a factor on an 80-degree afternoon, and Djokovic was the fitter player down the stretch. In the last set, Murray hit two weary backhands into the net to lose serve and fall behind 1-love. Two games later he saved five break points before dumping another backhand into the net, and Djokovic easily closed it out.
"It was brutal — it's very warm," Djokovic said. "I was prepared for a physical battle. But it's one thing to prepare and another thing to experience it on the court. … I'm thrilled with this win."
Avery Johnson is Alabama's pick
Alabama has offered its coaching job to former NBA player and head coach Avery Johnson, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
ESPN first reported the contract talks. Johnson has been an NBA analyst for the network since being fired by the Brooklyn Nets in December 2012. He played 16 years in the NBA, much of it with the San Antonio Spurs, and also coached Dallas.
Toronto's Ford on Hall board
Two things Canada is most known for, whether it likes it or not, are hockey and former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Now those items are linked.
Ford, who became a global sensation in 2013 after admitting he'd smoked crack cocaine, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum in Toronto.
Ford was diagnosed with a rare type of soft tissue cancer last year, and he said he learned this week that his tumor has shrunk. He called it good news, as he did the Hall of Fame position.
"Hockey's my number one sport, and I'm going to try to just keep pushing it," he said.
AROUND THE HORN
Soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo had his first five-goal game, helping Real Madrid beat Granada 9-1 in the Spanish League.
Swimming: Two-time Olympic 1,500-meter gold medalist Grant Hackett qualified for an Australian relay berth for this year's world swimming championships. Hackett, 34, spent portions of the past two years under treatment for a sleeping pill addiction.