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Djokovic through to Miami final

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Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from David Goffin to reach the Miami Open final with a 7-6 6-4 win. © Getty Images Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from David Goffin to reach the Miami Open final with a 7-6 6-4 win.

Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from David Goffin to reach the Miami Open final with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory on Friday.

The Serbian world No 1 shrugged off a slow start to the match before hitting his stride, and sealed the win with a powerful first serve that forced a wayward Goffin return to end an encounter that lasted just over two hours.

Australian Open champion Djokovic improved his stellar record for the year to 27-1 as he continued his bid to secure a fifth title in six years at Key Biscayne.

The 28-year-old is bidding to match Andre Agassi's record of six titles at the event and earn a record 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

Djokovic and Belgium's Goffin traded service breaks in the seventh and eighth games of the match before taking a marathon opening set into a tie-break.

Djokovic clinched it 7-5 after his opponent, reaching high for a lob, hit a backhand volley into the net.

The second set went with serve until the seventh game when No 15 seed Goffin hit a forehand long before netting a backhand to be broken and trail 3-4.

Djokovic then comfortably served out to book his place in Sunday's final, where he will face either Nick Kyrgios or Kei Nishikori.

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