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Djokovic To Play Murray In Miami QFs

Miami, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic became the first player to reach the Miami quarter-finals.

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, a three-time Sony Open Tennis titlist, will take on defending champion and No. 6-ranked Andy Murray in the quarter-finals. It will be their first meeting since July 2013 when Murray beat Djokovic for the Wimbledon title. Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 11-8 overall, including a 2-1 mark in Miami.

Djokovic reached his seventh straight quarter-final at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament when he recorded his sixth straight victory over No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo, appearing in the fourth round for the first time since 2007, on Tuesday afternoon. Djokovic struck 19 winners and five aces, converting both of his break point opportunities for a 6-3, 7-5 victory in 83 minutes.

"[It was a] very solid win," said Djokovic. "I made him play an extra shot in important moments and that's why I'm satisfied with the overall match today."

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The 26-year-old Djokovic is attempting to clinch his second Indian Wells-Miami title double (also 2011). Last week, he lifted his 42nd trophy at the BNP Paribas Open (d. Federer).

Murray lost just three of his service points in a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 11 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 74 minutes. It was his eighth straight win in 10 meetings against Tsonga.

"I served well throughout the match and just kept putting pressure on him all the time it was his go to serve," he said. "I made very few unforced errors throughout the course of the match, and that was the difference."

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Murray, who won the 2009 and 2013 Sony Open Tennis titles and has an apartment in the city, improved to a 17-5 match record on the season and extended his Miami winning streak to nine matches.

He attributed his success at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament to his comfort-level in Miami.

"If you're feeling a bit down, which I was a little bit when I got here, I also remember the amount of hours I put in on that tennis court out there and also in the gym," he said. "This is where I have built most of my professional career from, so it makes a big difference coming back here. Mentally, I always feel pretty good here."

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