Andy Murray entered the fourth round of Miami Masters 2013 in straight sets, whilst Tomas Berdych pulled off a great escape against Falla.
Unseeded Colombian Alejandro Falla was extremely unlucky not to beat seed number four Berdych who evaded two match ball threats in the second set. The opening set was everything 66th-ranked Falla could have wished for as he broke his Czech adversary a couple of times by 4-1. He confirmed the second break with a hold to love and served the opener out with ease two games later.
Berdych – he played in Miami final three years ago – was still unable to stamp his authority on the proceedings as he fell 1-3 behind in the beginning of the following set and was close to losing another serve as well as the third round battle at 5-3 for the Colombian. He averted the match ball though and used the momentum to break back in the follow-up game. Falla was still eager to avoid the third set which resulted in another match ball, this time in the tie-break. The favorite bounced back again and converted his first set ball to make it 1-1. He then stepped up to achieve a break to love in the decider, yet Falla kept breathing down his neck and prepared a re-break ball when Berdych was serving for the match at 5-4. The Colombian was wasteful once again and allowed his opponent to ultimately claim a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory. The Czech’s fourth round challenger will be Sam Querrey.
Compared to Berdych last year’s runner-up Murray had a far less stressful day at the office, even though 29th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria has proved to be a hard test for the Olympic champion, especially in the first set where he broke his esteemed rival twice, yet he squandered a couple of set balls and let Murray force a tie-break. After a shaky beginning the British player soon took control of the thirteenth game and moved one set up. He was more assured in the following set as he constructed a 4-1 lead and kept pressuring the Bulgarian until sealing the match with the second break of the set. He moved on to the last 16 at Sony Open Tennis with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 final score and has set up a clash against Andreas Seppi.