ATP: Novak Djokovic Defeats Mardy Fish in the Pacific Open Finals, Ana Ivanovic Takes Women's Title

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IMarch 23, 2008

In the Pacific Open Finals, Novak Djokovic—nicknamed the Joker and known for bringing emotion to the court—defeated upstart Mardy Fish.

Both were coming off huge wins in the semi-finals. Djokovic beat No. 2 ranked Rafael Nadal, and Fish defeated current king of men's tennis, No. 1 ranked Roger Federer.

Djokovic, ranked third in the world, won points for his serve and backhand shots down the line. Fish also had a huge service game, and won most of his points with his cross-court backhand.

Djokovic dominated early on in the match. But Fish, who remained calm and unphased despite being down 6-2, 5-3 in the second set, started turning the match in his favor by easily winning his next service game in straight points.

Djokovic followed on his serve and, down 30-0 after missing a great return from Fish, reacted with a laugh and a "What an amazing shot."

Fish continued the run. He won the next 16 of 18 points, which gave him the set win, 7-5.

In the third and final set Fish continued his onslaught and led 40 to love on the first game during Djokovic's serve. Djokovic then took control again with four straight service points, pressuring Fish into unforced errors the rest of the match.

Djokovic eventually won 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

In the post-match interview Djokovic said, "I struggled a bit and wasn't fully focused." It was the first time he's been the favorite to win, and that took him off his game.

In the previous match, the current queen of tennis, No. 1 ranked Ana Ivanovic, defeated ranked No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 6-3, for the women's title.

In the end, the Serbian Contingent won both the Men's and Women's final at the Pacific Open.