SONY OPEN TENNIS 2013
Murray, Berdych, Tsonga Eye Miami Fourth Round Berths Monday
by Greg Sharko|
MONDAY PREVIEW – TOP 10 RANKED MURRAY, BERDYCH, TSONGA, GASQUET EYE FOURTH RD
• The third round continues on Monday at the Sony Open Tennis as the bottom half of the draw looks to advance to the Round of 16, as 12 seeds are in action led by No. 2 seed Andy Murray.
• The third match on Stadium is a rematch of this year’s Brisbane final between World No. 3 Andy Murray and No. 29 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Murray won both previous meetings. Despite being broken twice by Dimitrov, Murray prevailed 76 (0) 64 in the Brisbane final as he converted three of four break point chances. Murray began his bid for a second title here on Saturday afternoon storming past Bernard Tomic 63 61, has he won 80% of his first serve points and broke Tomic twice in each set. He finished runner-up last year (l. to Djokovic) and is aiming for his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title since 2011 Shanghai (d. Ferrer). The 21-year-old Dimitrov advanced to the third round here for the second year in a row after his opponent Simone Bolelli was forced to retire with a wrist injury. The No. 1 Bulgarian reached the fourth round (l. to No. 9 Tipsarevic) here last year as he defeated his first and only Top 10 opponent of his career (1-17) No. 7 Tomas Berdych in the third rd.
• In the next match, No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga brings a 3-2 career record against 31-year-old Jarkko Nieminen. Tsonga is playing here for sixth time (12-5). He reached the quarter-finals three times and the third round twice. He has a career ATP World Tour Masters record of 65-39 with one title at 2008 Paris. Nieminen is playing here for the 11th time in 12 years (did not play in ‘10). He owns a 9-10 record and is looking to reach the fourth round for the second time (2007, d. No. 11 Nalbandian in 3R, l. to Ljubicic). He has a career 10-66 record (0-2 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents and has lost 16 straight since his last win in February 2011 at Rotterdam over No. 6 David Ferrer in the first round.
• In the evening session No. 20 seed John Isner faces No. 9 seed Marin Cilic for the third time (Cilic leads 2-0). Both Isner and Cilic come into match with a career tournament record of 6-5, Isner reached the fourth round here in 2011 (l. to Anderson) and Cilic reached that round in 2010 (l. to Verdasco). Isner has a career record of 24-43 vs Top 20 players and Cilic has a 30-60 mark. The 27-year-old Isner is the No. 2 American, behind No. 20 Sam Querrey. Isner reached a career-high ranking of No. 9 in April last year. The 24-year-old Cilic has won 18 in a row vs. Americans since his last loss to James Blake in the fourth round at the 2008 Australian Open.
• In the last match on Grandstand the No. 1 American /No. 17 seed Sam Querrey faces the No. 1 Canadian/No. 14 seed Milos Raonic for a fourth time (Querrey leads 2-1). Both players came into Miami at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively with most aces on tour this year (Querrey at No. 2 with 213 and Raonic at No. 3 with 203). Nicolas Almagro leads the tour with 216. Querrey won his debut match as the top American on Saturday has he rallied past Lukasz Kubot 46 63 63, hitting 12 aces. He improved to 6-7 here and is looking to reach the final 16 for the first time in eight appearances. Raonic won all 22 of his first serve points to advance to the third round with a 62 64 win over qualifier Guillaume Rufin. Like Querrey, Raonic is also looking to reach the final 16 for the first time.
• There are three other matches on Grandstand with No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet (vs. No. 28 seed Mikhail Youzhny), No. 10 seed Nicolas Almagro (vs. David Goffin), and No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych (vs. Alejandro Falla).