The Miami Open championship on Sunday features World No. 1 and five-time Miami Open champion Novak Djokovic against No. 6 Kei Nishikori, who is trying to win his first career ATP Masters 1000 title. Djokovic has not lost a set while Nishikori has dropped one set en route to the final. Djokovic is attempting to win a record 28th career ATP Masters 1000 crown and tie Andre Agassi’s tournament mark of six titles. Djokovic has won the last five meetings and owns a 6-2 overall advantage in the FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads.
Djokovic has won 15 straight matches in Miami (29 of the last 30 back to 2011) since a 4R loss to Tommy Haas in 2013. He comes in with a 27-1 match record on the season. Djokovic is appearing in his seventh Miami final (5-1) and is attempting to become the first player to win three straight Miami titles since Agassi from 2001-03. Djokovic, co-leader (w/Nadal) with 27 career ATP Masters 1000 titles, has reached the final in his last 11 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments played (DNP ’15 Madrid) going back to 2014 Paris-Bercy. During that stretch, he has compiled a 55-2 record.
Nishikori, who saved five match points in his QF win over Gael Monfils on Thursday, is appearing in his second career ATP Masters 1000 final (’14 Madrid ret. vs. Nadal). The 26-year-old Japanese star is attempting to become the first Asian player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title. Nishikori is trying to become the first non-Big Four winner in Miami since Andy Roddick in 2010. The last non-Big Four ATP Masters 1000 champion was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto in 2014. Nishikori is 2-9 lifetime against World No. 1 opponents with both wins coming over Djokovic in 2011 Basel SF and 2014 US Open SF. He is 0-4 vs. Nadal and 2-5 vs. Djokovic when they ranked No. 1.