British No. 1 Andy Murray is through to the fourth round in Miami, where he will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the first time this season. Murray leads the head-to-head series with a dominant 8-1 record against the Frenchman. Check out the Murray vs Tsonga Head to Head matches.
World No. 6 Andy Murray reached the fourth round of the Sony Open, when he defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1 to further his campaign to retain his Miami title. Murray struck one ace, nine winners and managed five break points to extend his head-to-head record to 9-0 against Lopez. Murray, who won this event in 2009 and 2013, will be looking to hang onto his Emirates ATP ranking points by furthering his position in the draw.
“I moved well [and] returned well,” said Murray. “It’s not always that easy to feel comfortable against him because there is not [a lot] of rhythm with the way he plays.”
Unlike his upcoming opponent, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to rally back from a set deficit to defeat Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-5. The contest lasted two hours and 30 minutes and featured a tense second set tiebreaker, where Tsonga was down 1-5 starting at potential match points before rallying back to produce a magnificent comeback for the eventual victory.
Tsonga, who dropped out of the Top 10 to make room for John Isner, is yet to win a title this season, having reached the final in Marseille before losing to Ernests Gulbis. He will be looking for his first win over a Top 10 opponent this season, having lost to both Tomas Berdych (Dubai) and Roger Federer (Melbourne).
This marks the 10th time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray holding a dominant 8-1 record against the world No 11. Tsonga’s sole victory over Murray in professional competition came at the 2008 Australian Open, which the Frenchman won in four sets. Tsonga did earn a victory over Murray this season, but it took place in an exhibition contest prior to the official start of the 2014 season, when the Scot had just returned from a back surgery layoff. The result of this match will depend on Murray’s performance, as the Briton is more than capable of defeating Tsonga, yet in his current vulnerable state, Tsonga could pounce for his first win over Murray in over six years.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets