Miami: Defending champion Andy Murray and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer sizzled under a Miami sun, speeding into the fourth round of the Miami Masters, on Sunday, with convincing straight sets wins.
Federer, twice a winner on the Miami hardcourts, needed just 62 minutes on a sweltering centre court to dispose of Dutch qualifier Thiemo De Bakker 6-3, 6-3, while Murray appeared to be adjusting just fine to life without coach Ivan Lendl, easing past Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1.
After getting the defence of his Sony Open title off to a shaky start with a three-sets win over Matthew Ebden on Friday, Wimbledon champion Murray was more in command against Lopez improving his record to 9-0 against the Spaniard in just 73 minutes.
In other third round action, Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced in contrasting fashion.
The ninth seeded Gasquet had easy passage beating 17th seeded South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 while 11th seeded Tsonga rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 win over Cypriot wildcard Marcos Baghdatis. Spaniard Tommy Robredo, the 16th seed, advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
World No. 2 Li Na finally made her first appearance in the tournament, taming Madison Keys in an unsteady effort. She had to fight off three set points and an early break in the second set before clinching a 7-6, (7-3), 6-3 win over her American opponent.
Venus battled Casey Dellacqua for almost two-and-a-half hours before subduing the determined Australian wild card 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland registered a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Russian Elena Vesnina.