SONY OPEN TENNIS
Murray Dismisses Tomic; Querrey, Tsonga, Gasquet Advance
World No. 3 Andy Murray began his bid for a second Sony Open Tennis title in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon in Miami, blasting past Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1 on Stadium Court.
The 2009 champion won 80 percent of his first serve points and broke Tomic twice in each set to wrap up the second-round win in just 56 minutes. Murray improved to 2-0 against the Australian, adding to his semifinal victory at Brisbane in 2012.
“I just tried to make loads of balls,” said Murray. “I don't know if he was tired or struggling with the humidity, but he was playing pretty low percentage tennis. With the conditions like they were today, that played into my hands.
“I think both of us obviously play with quite a lot of variation and there are definitely some similarities there. He probably hits the ball flatter than me off both sides and can probably generate more power. But I probably move a bit better than him.”
Murray, who finished runner-up in Miami last year (l. to Djokovic), is aiming to lift his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy since 2011, when he retained the title in Shanghai (d. Ferrer). The Scot will face Grigor Dimitrov in a replay of this year's Brisbane final, which Murray won. The Bulgarian was leading 6-4, 1-1, when his opponent, Simone Bolelli, was forced to retire with a wrist injury.
Sam Querrey won his debut match as the top-ranked American, rallying past Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The 20th-ranked Querrey hit 12 aces and ripped a forehand down the line winner on match point to clinch the win in one hour and 37 minutes. The 25 year old is through to the third round at Crandon Park for the just second time on his eighth appearance at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
“I started out a little slow. He broke me the first game, but then he served really well rest of the first set,” said Querrey. “But after that, I felt pretty good second and third sets. I served big and hit my forehand well. I was pretty happy.”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the No. 6 seed, defeated Viktor Troicki 7-6(6), 6-3 to even his head-to-head series with the Serb to a 3-3 mark. Troicki had set point at 5-4 40/30 and at 6-5 in the ensuing first-set tie-break, but Tsonga fought back and broke the Serb twice in the second set. Tsonga is coming off his third quarter-final showing of the year in Indian Wells. He tasted victory on home soil in Marseille (d. Berdych) and reached the last eight at the Australian Open (l. to Federer).
“I started the tie-break and I decided to play a few serve and volleys and be aggressive,” said Tsonga. “It worked pretty well. [This] kind of match is always good to win, because, when I play like this, it's really good.”
Elsewhere, Italy’s Andreas Seppi topped Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, while No. 18 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was upended by Belgian David Goffin, who won their second-round match 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2.
Eighth seed Richard Gasquet eased past qualifier Olivier Rochus 7-5, 6-2 in 87 minutes to win his opener. Gasquet broke Rochus five times to improve his season record to an 18-4 mark. The Frenchman lifted trophies in Doha (d. Davydenko) and Montpellier (d. Paire).