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Murray bags milestone 500th win

Murray bags milestone 500th win
The third-seeded Scotsman, who holds two Grand Slam titles, needed his best effort against his 17th-ranked rival.

Murray, who has won four of five matches against Anderson, improved his career match record to 500 triumphs and 155 defeats with 31 titles, including the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon crowns. A brief post-match ceremony paid tribute to Murray’s achievement.

Murray is the first British man, the ninth active player and the 46th man in the post-1968 Open Era to achieve the 500-win plateau.  Next up for Murray will be Austrian Dominic Thiem, who defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5.

Also advancing was Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, who dispatched Belgium’s David Goffin 6-1,
6-2. That will push Nishikori to fourth in the world rankings with Spain’s Rafael Nadal falling to fifth. 

Nishikori next will face the winner of a later match between Canada’s Milos Raonic and American John Isner. Another quarter-final was set as Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych advanced thanks to a mid-match withdrawal from France’s injury-hit Gael Monfils. Berdych won 6-3, 3-2 when his opponent stopped a game after falling heavily on his right hip. Monfils has now withdrawn 15 times in his career.

Berdych will take on Argentina’s Juan Monaco, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Fernando Verdasco. Monaco will be playing in the last eight at the ATP Masters level for the first time in three years.

Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer beat French 12th seed Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-5), 6-0. On the women’s side, German ninth seed Andrea Petkovic ousted Czech 14th seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2.

Petkovic storms into semis

Germany’s Andrea Petkovic booked her place in the semifinal at the Miami Open after a 6-4, 6-2 win over 14th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday. Petkovic made a blistering start, going up 4-1 in the first set but the 23-year-old Pliskova powered her way back to 4-4 and then had three break points, all of which the German saved.

Petkovic, the 2011 Miami semi-finalist, won the next five games and wrapped up the match in one hour 13 minutes. “I was playing really well at the start but I couldn’t see the ball on my serve with the sun on one side and I was struggling. Karolina also started playing really well and I was a little lucky at the end of the first set. But then I got better and better from there,” said Petkovic.

Sania-Hingis enter doubles semifinal

Fresh from their maiden win in the Paribas Open title last month, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have entered the women’s doubles semifinals of the Miami Open. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss duo served past the Rodionova sisters, Anastasia and Arina, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinal encounter.

The Sania-Hingis pairing has been much-talked about in the tennis circuit and the top seeds lived up to the hype by claiming their first title win in their maiden appearance together in Indian Wells in March. Hingis has won 11 Grand Slams in the team discipline (nine in women’s and two in mixed) while Sania has claimed three Grand Slams (all in mixed). The duo, which decided to unite in February, will now meet the seventh-seeded Hungary-French combine of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the last-four clash.


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