Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 KEY BISCAYNE: Finals Are Serena-Li Na and Djokovic-Nadal XL

The finals of the 2014 Sony Open are set. On the men's side World #1 Rafael Nadal will face World #2 Novak Djokovic. Last week, Djokovic won the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Bizarrely, the men's final is taking place with neither player having played a semifinal. Nadal was scheduled to play Tomas Berdych, but the Czech player withdrew with a stomach virus. And after dispatching Roger Federer and David Ferrer in subsequent rounds, Kei Nishikori withdrew from his semifinal with Djokovic with a left groin injury. Nadal and Djokovic will meet for a record 40th time on Sunday, with the Spaniard leading their head-to-head 22-17.

On the women's side, World #1 Serena Williams will face World #2 Li Na after beating Maria Sharapova for the fifteenth(!) consecutive time. Li Na escaped a 1-3 deficit in the final set against Dominika Cibulkova to reach her first final in this mandatory WTA event by escaping 7-5 2-6 6-3. Williams has won this tournament 6 times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013) and reached the final 2 other times (1999, 2009). Andre Agassi is the only player to have won the tournament 6 times.

MadProfessah's prediction: Serena and Djokovic.

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