Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray Preview – ATP Miami Masters 2014 QF

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One of the top rivalries of the current golden era of tennis will add a new chapter as world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray meet in the quarter-finals of the Sony Open. This marks the 20th time that they will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head series 11-8. They are also 3-3 in their last six encounters on the tour, with Murray winning their matches at the London Olympic Games, the US Open final and the Wimbledon final last year. Check out the Djokovic vs Murray H2H matches and stats.

Second seed Novak Djokovic advanced comfortably to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Spain’s Tommy Robredo. The Serb hit 5 aces, won 82% of his points on first serve and saved the only break point he faced on his serve to secure the win in 1 hour and 22 minutes. This marked Djokovic’s second contest in Miami this season, as he defeated Jeremy Chardy in the second round and then received a walkover after Florian Mayer withdrew from the event with a groin injury.

The three-time Sony Open champion will be faced with a difficult task in his quarter-final match-up, as he is scheduled to face British No. 1 Andy Murray. The Serb will be looking to win the Indian Wells-Miami double title for the second time in his career.

“[It was a] very solid win,” said Djokovic. “I made him play an extra shot in important moments and that’s why I’m satisfied with the overall match today.”

World No. 6 Andy Murray reached his third consecutive quarter-final in Miami on Tuesday afternoon as he cruised past world No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1. Murray struck 2 aces and won 88% of his points on first serve to earn the straight sets victory in 1 hour and 13 minutes. He was clearly the sharper competitors early in the contest, as he rushed to a 3-1 lead against the Frenchman and maintained that break lead to close out the set 6-4. The second set was an even stronger performance from the Scot, as he rolled to a 4-1 lead. He would win 14 straight points to reach 5-1 40-0, before eventually closing out the set 6-1.

Djokovic and Murray have crossed paths 19 times on the professional tour, with the Serb leading the series 11-8. Nine of those encounters took place in tour finals, with Murray leading 5-4. Djokovic leads their hard court series 9-6 and is 2-0 on clay, while the Briton has won both their meetings on grass. Based on their season trajectory so far, the odds will certainly favour Djokovic tomorrow afternoon, yet Murray showed promising signs and flashes of brilliance in his fourth round match-up against Tsonga.

Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Three Sets  

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