SONY OPEN TENNIS 2014
Berdych Reaches Miami Third Round; Garcia-Lopez Records 200th Match Win
by ATP Staff|
Berdych, the 2010 runner-up (l. to Roddick), struck nine aces and won 27 of his 31 first service points to improve to a 17-4 match record on the season that includes his eighth ATP World Tour title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (d. Cilic). He will next face Joao Sousa after the Portuguese No. 1 upset 26th-seed Gilles Simon 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and three minutes.
Roberto Bautista Agut, who is currently at a career-high No. 47 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after a fourth round run at the BNP Paribas Open (l. to Gulbis), saved all five break points he faced to knock out No. 19 seed Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-1 in 71 minutes. Bautista Agut will now play No. 14 seed Fabio Fognini after the Italian upended qualifier Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4 for his 29th victory at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.
Later in the day, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez recorded the 200th match win of his career to reach the Miami third round for the first time.
Garcia-Lopez, who beat Todd Reid for his first tour-level win at 2004 Roland Garros, defeated No. 23 seed Gael Monfils 6-2, 7-5 in a rain-interrupted clash. Monfils lifted his fifth ATP World Tour title at the Open Sud de France (d. Gasquet) last month.
Bryans Extend Win Streak
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan extended their winning streak to nine straight following 6-4, 6-4 victory over Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins. The two-time Miami champions (2007-08) are coming off title runs in Delray Beach and at the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year in Indian Wells. They will face the Austrian-Russian duo of Oliver Marach and Dmitry Tursunov in the second round.