Djokovic beats Goffin in Key Biscayne semis 7-6 (five), 6-4

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 11:50 PM

In sweltering sunshine Friday, Djokovic won a thrilling tiebreaker to beat David Goffin 7-6 (five), 6-4. The edge was so slender a blown overhead by Goffin might've made all the difference.

Djokovic beats Goffin in Key Biscayne semis 7-6 (five), 6-4

A weary but pleased Novak Djokovic kissed his hand and patted the stadium Ct concrete, celebrating his return to the Miami Open final.

In sweltering sunshine Friday, Djokovic won a thrilling tiebreaker to beat David Goffin 7-6 (five), 6-4. The edge was so slender a blown overhead by Goffin might've made all the difference.

Djokovic showed number signs of lingering issues from the back spasms that bothered him in the quarterfinals. He improved to 27-one this year and is seeking his fourth title in 2016.

He needs one more triumph to match Andre Agassi'south tournament record of six men'south titles. His opponent Sun will be the winner of the second semifinal between No. 6-seeded Kei Nishikori and No. twenty-four Nick Kyrgios. Both are bidding for their first berth in an ATP Masters final.

Djokovic will attempt for his twenty-eighth Masters title, which would crack the record he shares with Rafael Nadal.

Two-time winner Victoria Azarenka plays two thousand six winner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women'south final Saturday.

Djokovic reached set point in the tiebreaker and worked tough to win it with a frantic 16-shot exchange that typified this entertaining match. He dug out shots in both corners and chased down a pair of volleys, finally switching from defense to offense by flicking a lob too high for the 5-foot-eleven Goffin to handle.

That clinched the set, and as fans roared, the world'south No. 1 player walked to his chair with his index finger aloft.

The tiebreaker turned four points earlier, at 4-all. Goffin had an simple putaway overhead close the net and inexplicably hit it directly to a surprised Djokovic, who invented a shot in response, raising the racket strings in front of his face to patty-cake a deep lob. Goffin chased the ball down and the rally continued until Djokovic tapped a drop volley for a winner.

The Serb earned the Key Biscayne title the past two years and has won fifteen consecutive matches in the event. He's reached the final of his past 11 Masters tournaments.

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