Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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Djokovic wins fourth Key Biscayne championship

Novak Djokovic dominated from the start and closed out his fourth Key Biscayne victory by winning a remarkable exchange to beat Rafael Nadal for the Sony Open title Sunday in Florida.

Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3.

Nadal fell to 0-4 in finals at Key Biscayne, one of just three ATP Masters 1000 events he has yet to win. As for Djokovic, only six- time champion Andre Agassi has won the men's event more.

Djokovic erased the only break point he faced, committed just 15 unforced errors and won a scrambling, 30-shot rally on the final point. He completed a March sweep after beating Roger Federer in the final at Indian Wells two weeks ago.

Even so, Nadal will remain ranked No. 1 and Djokovic No. 2. Either Nadal or Djokovic is the reigning champion in all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.

Nadal and Djokovic have played 40 matches, the most of any men's pairing in the Open era, and few have been as lopsided as Sunday.

The clay-court season looms, and the result might be different when the rivalry resumes on Nadal's favorite surface. He still leads the rivalry 22-18.

Hingis wins doubles title * In another Sony Open final, Martina Hingis won her first doubles title in seven years as she and Sabine Lisicki beat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

The doubles championship was the 38th for Hingis, a former No. 1 player, but her first since 2007. The final was the first for the 33- year-old Hingis since she came out of retirement last year to play doubles. She and Lisicki made the tournament as a wild-card entry.

Frozen Four is set * With a 4-0 win over visiting St. Cloud State on Sunday, top-seeded Minnesota earned the final berth in the Frozen Four, which will be played April 10-12 in Philadelphia.

Justin Kloos scored twice and Adam Wilcox made 24 saves for the Gophers (27-6-6), who will face unseeded North Dakota (25-13-3) in one semifinal while No. 2 Boston College (28-7-4) and No. 3 Union College (30-6-4) of New York meet in the other. …

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