Two quite similar ‘Masters 1000’ finals between Djokovic & Fish (the Serb won each of them by a 9-point margin of total points), played within more than three years at various stages of their careers: in 2008 Djokovic [3] was fresh after claiming his first Grand Slam title, trying to confirm his aspirations to be the best in the world while Fish [98] reminded of himself after three disappointing seasons (2005-07); in 2011 situation looked different for them both – Djokovic [1] seemed almost invincible (only one defeat in the first half of the season!) while Fish [8] was enjoying the best period in his career – after reaching quarter-final at Wimbledon, he advanced to three consecutive finals in North America on hardcourts (Atlanta, Los Angeles, Montreal) winning the first of them…
Fish didn’t play poorly in the first hour of their Indian Wells final, but almost lost it after one-sided scoreline – Djokovic led 6-2 *4:2, then at 5:4 (30/0) Fish was a few centimetres from facing a triple match point as he hit a BH winner on the baseline, and the set turned into his favour. He almost won four games in a row – he led 40/0 on return in the opening game of the decider, but Djokovic kept composure – fought the break points off with three consecutive aces (!) and made a decisive break in the following game.

Points won by each set: | 31-23, 33-36, 26-22 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
32 % Djokovic – 27 of 84
28 % Fish – 25 of 87

Djokovic’s route to his 9th title:
2 Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-6(3)
3 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2
4 Guillermo Canas 6-2, 6-3
Q Stan Wawrinka 7-6(5), 6-2
S Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2
W Mardy Fish 6-2, 5-7, 6-3


At the Canadian Open they were less chubby than three years before in California, and Fish had as a coach alongside someone else (David Nainkin replaced Kelly Jones – both former players). Djokovic lost just two games in the opener again, but the progress of the 2nd set was completely different: the American managed to break twice, holding four times with relative ease. The Serb got the decisive break at ‘love’ in the 5th game of the final set (10-point winning streak in total), and serving for the championship he converted his fourth match point. It was fifth and last big final in Fish’s career – he lost them all, every time succumbing in the deciding set…

Points won by each set: | 31-22, 28-36, 35-27 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
22 % Djokovic – 22 of 96
30 % Fish – 25 of 83

Djokovic’s route to his 27th title:
2 Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-1
3 Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-2
Q Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-1
S Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 3-0 ret.
W Mardy Fish 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

2008 Indian Wells: Djokovic d. Fish 6-2, 5-7, 6-3… 2 hours 5 minutes… 8 breaks of serve
2011 Montreal: Djokovic d. Fish 6-2, 3-6, 6-4… 2 hours 23 minutes… 5 breaks of serve

They played against each other in the Hopman Cup final 2008, and Djokovic won in three sets as well (6-2, 6-7, 7-6), but the Americans took the title winning the decisive mixed doubles

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