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Murray Advances In Miami; Tsonga Completes Comeback

Miami, U.S.A.

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray now has a 9-0 record against Feliciano Lopez

Two-time champion and sixth seed Andy Murray will challenge No. 11 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Sony Open Tennis fourth round.

Murray extended his perfect record to 9-0 against No. 32 seed Feliciano Lopez on Sunday afternoon with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at Crandon Park in Miami. Ivan Lendl, who recently stopped coaching Murray, watched from the box of the 2009 and 2013 titlist.

"I moved well [and] returned well," said Murray. "It's not always that easy to feel comfortable against him because there is not [a lot] of rhythm with the way he plays."

Murray struck nine winners in the 44-minute opener, which saw Lopez commit 17 unforced errors. He broke Lopez’s serve three times in the second set, winning 24 of 36 points.

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"I'm just looking forward," said Murray, when asked about his goals. "It's nice that winning Wimbledon has been sort of accomplished, but I look forward now to try and do more in the big events."

Earlier in the day, Tsonga completed a remarkable comeback. Two points from defeat at 1-5 in the second set tie-break, the No. 11 seed kept his nerve to defeat Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 in two hours and 30 minutes.

Tsonga won five straight points to lead 6-5 in the second set tie-break, only for Baghdatis to stop play because he was worried that he might get stung by a bumble bee. Tsonga double faulted on the set point opportunity, but he wrapped up the set at 7-6 when Baghdatis hit his fourth double fault.

Tsonga, who recorded his 200th match win on hard courts by beating Adrian Mannarino in the second round, hit 16 aces to improve to a 5-0 record against World No. 143 Baghdatis. He saved all five break points he faced in the deciding set.

Second seed and three-time former champion Novak Djokovic, who advanced to the fourth round after Florian Mayer pulled out on Saturday due to a groin injury, will play No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo.

Robredo beat Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 mid-afternoon. The Spaniard reached the quarter-finals in 2007 and will now attempt to record just his second win in his seventh meeting with Djokovic.

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