SONY OPEN TENNIS
Murray Marches On Unscathed; Berdych Beats Querrey
World No. 3 Andy Murray cruised into the Sony Open Tennis quarter-finals on Tuesday, defeating 19th-ranked Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4 in Miami.
Murray, the 2009 champion, won 28 of his 31 first serve points and broke the Italian three times in the 86-minute victory. The second seed improved to 5-1 against Seppi and has won their past five meetings in straight sets.
The 25-year-old Scot has a 16-6 record at Crandon Park. Murray reached the final last year, falling to reigning champion Novak Djokovic. Should he win his second event title, Murray will overtake Roger Federer for No. 2 in the ATP Rankings. For a place in the semi-finals, Murray will take on ninth seed Marin Cilic.
The Croat edged No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6(4), overcoming a break deficit in the second set to move ahead 2-1 in the pair's FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Cilic is enjoying his best run in Miami and is bidding to get through to the last four at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time.
Fourth seed Tomas Berdych blitzed 17th seed Sam Querrey 6-1, 6-1. Berdych did not face a break point and capitalized on five of his eight opportunities against Querrey’s serve to seal the victory in just 51 minutes. The Czech has won five of his six encounters with Querrey.
Berdych has a 21-5 record in 2013 and has appeared in the quarter-finals or better at every tournament he has entered, highlighted by runner-up efforts in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (l. to Djokovic). The World No. 6 advanced to the title match in 2010 (l. to Roddick).
With Querrey’s loss, it marked the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1985 that an American male failed to reach the quarter-final stage.