Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Advances To Finals By Defeating Juan Monaco In Straight Sets

On Friday, the final match was set in the men's singles tournament were held in Miami at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. Rafael Nadal withdrew from his quarterfinal match with Andy Murray due to a knee injury, giving Murray a berth into the final. The other semifinal was bumped to the evening match, as No. 1 men's player in the world Novak Djokovic took on No. 21 Juan Monaco.

Monaco was a surprising entrant into the semifinals, upsetting Mardy Fish to earn the right to face Djokovic. His underdog story came to an ignominious end, however, as he was defeated in straight sets by Djokovic, 6-0, 7-6 (5).

After being shut out entirely in the first set, Monaco made things interesting by drawing level with the defending champ at 5-5 in the second set, then going up 6-5 before the game ended in a fierce and lengthy tiebreak. Djokovic ultimately proved too much for the Argentinian and picked up the win to advance.

Djokovic will face Murray in the final match of the tournament Sunday.

For complete updates and results for the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, please keep checking this StoryStream. For all things tennis, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

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