2008 PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
NOVAK DJOKOVIC v MARDY FISH
6-2, 5-7, 6-3
No. 3 ranked Novak Djokovic held off a comeback by Mardy Fish to win the Pacific Life Open final and earned his second ATP title of the year.
Djokovic made a fast start in the final, winning the first six points of the match and breaking Fish in the second game when the American crowd favorite hit a forehand long.
The second set went with serve until breaks were exchanged in the sixth and seventh games, the Serb throwing his racket in frustration after loshing his serve and his nerve.
The rest of the set went with serve until the Serb fired his 10th ace of the afternoon for his first match point before sealing victory at the second attempt when Fish struck a backhand long.
"It's been a dream start to the year," third-seeded Djokovic, who lost to Nadal in last year's final match at Indian Wells.
Fish was very pleased with his efforts at the tournament:
"This has been a tremendous week for me, definitely one I will never forget," said Fish, who won the last of his two ATP titles in Houston in 2006.
"Yesterday was one of the best days of my life and this is my favorite tournament."