A two-time Miami Masters title holder Roger Federer, seed number five, reached the round of sixteen at the Sony Open Tennis 2014 after recording a smooth straight sets victory over World no. 162 Thiemo de Bakker. The Swiss Maestro, who conquered Chennai and finished runner-up in Brisbane and Indian Wells this year, dominated the third round match from the early stages and came unscratched from all of his service games. The unseeded Dutchman was first tested in the second game before suffering a loss of serve a few minutes later. Roger consolidated the break and wrapped up the set by holding to love. Another shock followed for De Bakker as he dropped the opening serve of the set number two and failed to pose a serious threat to in-form FedEx who sealed a 6-3, 6-3 win after the second break. He advanced in sixty-three minutes to improve his match record this season to 21-3 and set up a clash against ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France.
“We have played many times now and I’m not sure how he’s playing right now,” said Federer on the upcoming meeting with the Frenchman. “I have to find a little bit. He’s got great game [and] gives himself time, sort of that extra second of time on each shot – forehand and backhand. He’s a good all around player. With the wind and the slower conditions, it works quite well for him. I think it’s going to be a tough match for me.”
Likewise, reigning champion Andy Murray progressed with a minimum of fuss as he brushed aside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. While the Wimbledon champion failed to confirm the first game break, he reestablished the lead some minutes later before serving out the opener with a relative ease. The Miami audience witnessed a one-man show from then on with the sixth seed British player bossing the 32nd-seeded opponent around to put the match to bed after securing the third break of the set. Murray, who also lifted the Miami trophy in 2009, triumphed 6-4, 6-1 and will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next. The eleventh-seeded Frenchman passed the third round test with a closely-fought come from behind victory over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis whom he defeated 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5.
“I’m just looking forward,” said Murray, when asked about his goals. “It’s nice that winning Wimbledon has been sort of accomplished, but I look forward now to try and do more in the big events.”
Second seed Novak Djokovic was given a free pass to the fourth round as Germany’s Florian Mayer withdrew from the tournament due to a groin injury.