British No. 1 Andy Murray is through to the fourth round of the Miami Open, where he will contest yet another match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. It will mark their fifth meeting on the ATP World Tour; Murray holds a 3-1 lead in the head-to-head series, including a recent win in Valencia late last season.
Seeded third in Miami, Murray blasted his way past Santiago Giraldo in straight set to advance to the fourth round of the tournament. He now holds 499 wins and will look to secure his 500-win milestone when he faces Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.
“It’s nice, because when you see the list of the players that have won that many matches there aren’t loads,” said Murray. “I think there are only 40 or so players that have done it.”
Murray played a clean match against Giraldo, as he struck five aces and 19 winners to earn the victory in one hour and 24 minutes.
“I played well,” Murray added. “I thought it was a good performance. I hit the ball pretty clean. He came out and started swinging a bit towards the end of the match and made it a little bit tricky, but I thought for the most part I played very well.”
Kevin Anderson also faced a similarly straightforward match on Sunday, as he defeated Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4 to secure his spot in the fourth round of the tournament. He fired 12 aces, won 83% of his first service points and converted all three break point opportunities to close out the match in 88 minutes.
This contest will serve as the fifth encounter between Murray and Anderson. The Briton leads the head-to-head series 2-1, including a win late last season in Valencia. Murray should pick up another win against Anderson with little notable resistance if he plays his best tennis.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets
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