Murray and Berdych storm into Miami Masters quarter-finals

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Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych put in classy performances to enter the quarterfinal stage of Miami Masters 2013.

Last year’s runner-up Murray held off 19th-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi in straights sets and increased his chances to lift the Miami trophy for the second time after 2009. He had a 4-1 record against the Italian prior to their fourth round battle in which he broke his rival in the opening game. The Scotsman’s serve was never in danger in the first set and he marched on to produce a two break cushion by 5-2. He sealed the opener with the set ball number one thirty-seven minutes into the match. The following set was more competitive with three-time ATP winner Seppi not letting the favorite out of sight until suffering a loss of serve in the ninth game. Murray now served for the match and wrapped it up after saving a re-break ball. All in all a routine 6-2, 6-4 triumph for the reigning US Open champion who is scheduled to play Marin Cilic in quarterfinals.

17th seed Sam Querrey, who skipped his previous clash due to Raonic’s retirement, was demolished by Czech Berdych in fourth round. Only 39% of his first serves were on target and he ended up winning merely 46% of service points compared to Berdych’s 72%. The American opened the match with a hold to love, yet he was broken three times in a row later in the set which inevitably went the Czech’s way. The history would be more or less repeated in the second set with fourth seed Bedrych going on another five straight games run to book his quarterfinal spot with a 6-1, 6-1 sweeping victory after no more than fifty-two minutes of play. He will square off against Richard Gasquet in the last 8 of Sonny Open Tennis.

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