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Djokovic, Federer, Murray Headline Wednesday Miami Action

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SEMI-FINAL BID: The four quarter-finalists in the bottom half of the draw take to court on Day 8 at Crandon Park. Three-time Sony Open Tennis champion Novak Djokovic takes on last year’s winner Andy Murray, who is bidding for his first top 10 win since beating the Serb in the Wimbledon final last July. The pair has met 19 times with Djokovic edging their FedEx H2H series 11-8. Roger Federer will look to reach his 50th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF when he goes up against Kei Nishikori for the third time in the night session. The pair’s FedEx H2H series is tied at 1-1.

BIG FOUR DOMINATE: In the past 35 Masters 1000 tournaments (since 2010 Monte-Carlo), the Big Four of Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray – who are all still in action in Miami – have accounted for 33 titles (27 of the past 28 since 2011). The only exceptions were Paris-Bercy in 2010 (Soderling) and 2012 (Ferrer). During that stretch, Djokovic won 12 titles, Nadal 11, Federer 5 and Murray 5. The foursome are also among the top six on the career ATP Masters 1000 titles list:

Rank Player Titles Rank Player Titles
1 Rafael Nadal 26 T3 Novak Djokovic 17
2 Roger Federer 21 5 Pete Sampras 11
T3 Andre Agassi 17 6 Andy Murray 9

2014 TOP 10 WINS LEADERS: Federer leads the way in top 10 wins this season, picking up his fifth win over a top 10 opponent yesterday with victory over No. 9 Richard Gasquet, who is now projected to drop out of the top 10. Berdych and Dolgopolov also notched top 10 wins in the 4R:

1 Roger Federer 5
T2 Tomas Berdych 3
T2 Alexandr Dolgopolov 3
T2 Ernests Gulbis 3
T2 Stanislas Wawrinka 3

NUMBERS GAME: Here’s a look at the remaining players leading the way in some of the main serve and return stats this week…

Aces Raonic 39
1st Serve Percentage Federer 69% (90 of 132)
1st Serve Points Won Federer 90% (81 of 90)
2nd Serve Points Won Nadal 86% (30 of 35)
Service Games Won Raonic, Federer, Nadal 100% (29, 27, 22)
Break Points Saved Raonic, Nadal, Federer 100% (8, 3, 1)
Return Games Won Nadal 61% (14 of 23)
Break Points Converted Djokovic 100% (5 of 5)

DAY 8 FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

STADIUM

[6] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Djokovic leads 11-8
2006 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-3
2007 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells (U.S.A.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3
2007 ATP Masters Series Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-0
2008 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo (Monaco) Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-4
2008 ATP Masters Series Canada (Canada) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 7-6(3)
2008 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard F Andy Murray 7-6(4) 7-6(5)
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard F Andy Murray 6-2 7-5
2011 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-2 6-3
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 3-6 7-6(2)
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard F Andy Murray 6-4 3-0 ret
2012 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-7(4) 6-1 7-5
2012 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-2 7-5
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(4)
2012 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass SF Andy Murray 7-5 7-5
2012 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard F Andy Murray 7-6(10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard F Novak Djokovic 5-7 7-6(11) 6-3
2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 7-5
2013 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-7(2) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-2
2013 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass F Andy Murray 6-4 7-5 6-4

• Murray reached his 35th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF and fifth in Miami with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 11 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 26-year-old dropped just six points on serve (32/38; 84%) during the 74-minute encounter.
• Murray posted wins over Matthew Ebden (d. 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 in 2R) and No. 32 seed Feliciano Lopez (d. 6-4, 6-1 in 3R) in his opening two matches.
• Murray is first in points won returning first serves this week (51%; 53/104). He also sits second, behind Nadal, in return games won, winning 15 of his 29 games on return (52%).
• Murray, who has a residence in Miami, has appeared here eight times (22-6), lifting the title in 2009 (d. Djokovic) and 2013 (d. Ferrer).
• Seven of Murray’s last 10 matches have gone three sets. He dropped the first set in five of those.
• At Indian Wells, Murray reached the 4R where he fell in three sets to Milos Raonic.
• Murray advanced to his first SF since undergoing back surgery in Acapulco last month, edging past No. 6 seed Gilles Simon before falling to Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(3).
• Murray reached the QF at both the Australian Open (l. to Federer) and Rotterdam (l. to Cilic).
• Murray opened his season in Doha (l. to Mayer 1R), which was his first outing since leading Great Britain to victory over Croatia in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs on September 14. The Briton underwent back surgery nine days later, which put him out of action for the remainder of the year.
• Murray finished 2013 in the top four of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the sixth straight season. His year was highlighted by four titles, including a maiden crown at Wimbledon.
• Murray is seeking his first top 10 win since beating No. 1 Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last July.
• Murray is bidding to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF since Miami last year and his 21st overall. He is also looking to reach his fifth SF in Miami (4-0 in QFs).
• Djokovic reached his seventh straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF when he defeated No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-5, registering his sixth straight victory over the Spaniard. The Serb, who received a bye in the 3R when Florian Mayer withdrew with a groin injury, overcame Jeremy Chardy in his opening match, defeating the Frenchman 6-4, 6-3.
• Djokovic is 5/5 on BP opportunities this week, clinching 2/2 vs Robredo and 3/3 vs Chardy.
• Djokovic is competing at the Sony Open Tennis for the ninth time (28-5). He leads the way among active players for titles won in Miami, lifting the title three times in 2007 (d. Canas), 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2012 (d. Murray). Last year he was upset in the 4R by Tommy Haas.
• Djokovic arrived in Miami after winning his 42nd ATP World Tour title at Indian Wells last week. The Serb’s victory over Federer in the final was his first top 10 win this season (1-2).
• Djokovic’s other competitive outings this year came at the Australian Open where he reached the QF (l. to eventual champ Wawrinka) and Dubai where he advanced to the SF (l. to Federer).
• Djokovic finished 2013 in the top three for the seventh year in a row, winning seven titles in nine finals (2nd-most in career). He ended the year on a 24-match winning streak.
• Djokovic reached three Grand Slam finals for the third year in a row in 2013, highlighted by winning his sixth major at the Australian Open.
• Djokovic is bidding to reach his 39th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF and fifth in Miami. He is 4-0 in Miami QFs.

[5] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [20] Kei Nishikori (JPN)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Series tied 1-1
2011 Basel (Switzerland) Hard F Roger Federer 6-1 6-3
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay R16 Kei Nishikori 6-4 1-6 6-2

• Federer advanced to his 65th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF and ninth in Miami with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Richard Gasquet in 49 minutes. The world No. 5 leads the way in matches won this year with 22 victories, two more than his closest challengers Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal.
• Federer posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over qualifier Thiemo de Bakker in the 3R after opening his account with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over 2014 ace leader Ivo Karlovic. The Swiss won 49 of 52 points on serve during the 74-minute encounter with the Croat, which marked the first time he dropped just three points on serve in a single match. His previous low came in Halle last year when he dropped five points on serve as he defeated Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-0.
• Federer has dropped just 18 points on serve in his opening three matches, winning 114 of 132 points (86%) in 27 service games. He has faced just one BP, which he saved.
• Federer has now won 44 matches in Miami, putting him in second place on the all-time wins list – two more than Pete Sampras (42) but still 17 behind leader Andre Agassi (61).
• Federer is projected to rise to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching the QF here.
• Federer, who missed out on the Sony Open Tennis last year, returns to Miami for the 15th time (44-12). The Swiss lifted the title in 2005 (d. Nadal) and 2006 (d. Ljubicic).
• Federer advanced to his 116th ATP World Tour final and his 35th at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level at Indian Wells last weekend before falling to No. 2 seed Djokovic in three sets.
• Federer clinched his first title of the season and 78th overall in Dubai in February (d. world No. 2 Djokovic in SF and No. 6 Berdych in F). The Swiss moved clear of John McEnroe (77 titles) into third place on the all-time title list with the win, behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
• Federer opened his season with a run to the final in Brisbane (l. to Hewitt). At the Australian Open, he defeated No. 10 Tsonga and No. 4 Murray en route to the SF (l. to No. 1 Nadal).
• In 2013, Federer became the oldest player to finish a season inside the top 10 since Andre Agassi (35) in 2005. He was also the first player since Pete Sampras (1990-2001) to finish in the top 10 for 12 years in a row. His streak of 11 straight years inside the top five came to an end, however.
• Federer is bidding to reach his 50th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF and second of the season. He is also looking to reach his sixth SF in Miami (5-3 in QFs).
• Nishikori clinched the 10th top 10 win of his career as he saved four MPs to defeat world No. 5 David Ferrer 7-6(7), 2-6, 7-6(9) in three hours and six minutes and reach his first Miami QF.
• The Japanese No. 1 clinched his 150th win on the ATP World Tour when he defeated world No. 16 Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(1), 7-5 in the 3R. The No. 20 seed opened his account with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Australian Marinko Matosevic.
• Nishikori is making his fifth appearance at the Sony Open Tennis (8-4). The 24-year-old has reached the 4R twice before, in 2012 (l. to Nadal) and 2013 (l. to Ferrer).
• At Indian Wells, Nishikori fell to world No. 12 Haas in the 3R.
• Nishikori won the fourth title of his career in Memphis last month (d. Karlovic in F). He opened his season in Brisbane where he reached the SF (l. to eventual champ Hewitt) before advancing to the 4R at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal).
• Nishikori has finished inside the top 25 in the past three seasons while becoming the highest ranked player from his country in ATP history. He reached a career-high No. 11 on June 17, 2013.
• Nishikori is 10-24 lifetime against top 10 opponents and 1-1 this year after his QF victory over Ferrer.
• Nishikori is bidding to reach his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF and first in two-and-a-half years. His has advanced to the final eight at this level on two previous occassions, in Madrid last year (l. to Andujar) and Shanghai in 2011 (d. Dolgopolov, l. to Murray in SF).

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