SONY OPEN TENNIS 2013
Murray, Berdych Feature In Thursday's Miami QFs
by Greg Sharko|
THURSDAY PREVIEW – BOTTOM QUARTER-FINALS FEATURE MURRAY, BERDYCH, GASQUET, CILIC
• The bottom half quarter-finals of the Sony Open Tennis continue on Thursday as Andy Murray of Great Britain takes on Marin Cilic of Croatia and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic faces Richard Gasquet of France.
• In the second match of the day session No. 2 seed Andy Murray brings a 7-1 career record against No. 9 seed Marin Cilic. They played twice last year at Grand Slams with Murray winning both, once in the quarter-finals at the US Open and the other in the fourth-round at Wimbledon. Cilic’s only win came in in the fourth round of the ‘09 US Open, where he saved all seven break points he faced and converted five of nine break points. Last year’s Sony Open runner-up and ‘09 champion Murray is appearing in his 31st career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final 19-11 (3-0 here). Cilic is the fourth Croat to reach the quarter-finals here and first since Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic in 2006. He is appearing in his sixth career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final and is looking for his first win (0-5).
• The first match of the night sessions is No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych against No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet, who holds a 4-3 career head-to-head edge.While Berdych has one career ATP World Tour Masters title, which came over seven years ago in Paris (d. Ljubicic), Gasquet is looking for his first title, coming close three-times as runner-up to Federer -- twice at Toronto (2006, ’12) and once at Hamburg (2006). Berdych won their most recent encounter in the fourth round of ATP Masters I000 Indian Wells last week. The Czech is appearing in 24th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 11-12 (1-0 this year) in quarter-final matches, while the Frenchman is appearing in 11th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final 6-4 (1-1 last year) in quarter-final matches. Gasquet’s coach, Sebastien Grosjean, is the only Frenchman to reach the Sony Open Tennis final in tournament history (since 1985). He was runner-up in 1999 to Richard Krajicek.