SONY OPEN TENNIS 2013
Murray Overcomes Dimitrov; Almagro To Face Gasquet
Second seed Andy Murray improved to 3-0 against Grigor Dimitrov on Monday, beating the Bulgarian 7-6(3), 6-3 in the third round of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami.
Murray, the 2009 champion, saved two set points on his serve at 2-5 in the first set, before rallying to post his second victory against Dimitrov this season. The Scot added to his win over Dimitrov in the Brisbane title match. The third-ranked Murray is seeking his ninth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and first since 2011, when he tasted victory in Shanghai (d. Ferrer).
“It was obviously way cooler today [with] much slower conditions,” said Murray. “The ball wasn't going as quick. I was leaving the ball a bit short. Once I started to improve my depth a bit, I made it tough for him and he started to make more mistakes after that.”
In the round of 16, Murray will play No. 16 seed Andreas Seppi. The Italian topped Thomaz Bellucci 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes. Seppi converted four of his 10 break points to claim his 10th tour-level win of the year.
World No. 10 Richard Gasquet advanced to the fourth round, defeating No. 28 seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4. The eighth-seeded Gasquet claimed victory in 87 minutes to level his head-to-head series with the Russian to a 4-4 mark.
Gasquet improved to 19-4 on the year, highlighted by triumphs in Doha (d. Davydenko) and Montpellier (d. Paire). The Frenchman will take on 10th seed Nicolas Almagro for a place in the quarter-finals. Almagro beat David Goffin for the second straight year at Crandon Park, advancing with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Belgian.