Sony Open Day Six
Murray, Federer Roll Through; Djokovic, Tsonga Move to Round of 16s
atpworldtour.com: March 23 2014 Miami, Florida – 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. 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.
Roger Federer produced yet another dominant performance at the Sony Open Tennis on Sunday. The fifth seed and two-time former champion lost just seven of his service points in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over qualifier Thiemo de Bakker in 63 minutes. The Swiss will next look to improve on his 11-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against ninth seed Richard Gasquet, who saved all five break points he faced to defeat No. 17 seed Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in just over 90 minutes.
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 who beat Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 mid-afternoon.
Li Na Edges Keys; Venus Defeats Dellacqua, Radwanska Advance
wtatennis.com: Venus Williams battled it out against a very in-form opponent on Sunday afternoon, edging Casey Dellacqua in a two-hour, 18-minute grinder to reach the fourth round. Dellacqua came into the match on some very impressive numbers - she had won 23 of her last 27 matches and risen from outside the Top 100 all the way to No.56 on the latest rankings, on the verge of making the Top 50 for the first time in more than five years. Needless to say, she was dangerous.
And for most of the match it was a toss-up - Williams won the first set, Dellacqua snuck out the second set, and after Williams went up 4-2 in the third, Dellacqua caught up to 4-4. But the No.29-seeded American made one last push to edge the Australian wildcard right at the finish line, 64 57 64. Awaiting Williams in the next round is No.10 seed Dominika Cibulkova, who was on court almost as long - two hours and 12 minutes - and beat No.22 seed Alizé Cornet in a tight two-setter, 76(6) 64. The first set could have gone either way - Cornet led 5-2 and would eventually miss five set points.
Agnieszka Radwanska had a fight on her hands - she was down in both sets - but she managed to overcome Elena Vesnina and move into the fourth round of the Sony Open Tennis. The odds were stacked in Radwanska's favor going into the match - she had won the pair's last four meetings in straight sets, and Vesnina had a dubious 0-20 lifetime record against Top 4 players.
All of that almost went out the window this time, as the No.32-seeded Vesnina went up a break twice in the first set and once more early in the second set. But the No.3-seeded Radwanska kept coming back each time, eventually grinding the match out in straight sets in an hour and 41 minutes, 75 63. Next up is Elina Svitolina, who came from 64 41 down to beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 46 64 61.
sonyopentennis.com: No. 2 ranked Li Na had to wait until Sunday to make her debut at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis, but when the Australian Open champion finally did make it on the courts she got into the swing of things quickly in getting past big-hitting American Madison Keys in a 7-6(3), 6-3 slugfest in the first match on Stadium Court. The women's third round match featured plenty of penetrating groundstrokes and numerous unforced errors in the first set before Na held her nerve to best Keys in the first set tie-break.
Neither player had much success holding serve in the first set as both Na and Keys were broken three times and the trend continued early in the second, at least for Na as she lost her first serve game in the second set, dropping behind 0-2. But the charismatic Na would battle back and regained her form to take a 5-2 lead before closing out the match 6-3.
Miami Men's Singles Third Round Sunday Mar 23
11-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beatMarcos Baghdatis 4-6 7-6(6) 7-5
16-Tommy Robredo beat Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4
5-Roger Federer beat Thiemo De Bakker 6-3 6-3
4-David Ferrer beat 31-Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-2
6-Andy Murray beat 32-Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-1
9-Richard Gasquet beat 17-Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-4
20-Kei Nishikori beat 15-Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(1) 7-5
Miami Women's Singles Third Round Sunday Mar 23
Varvara Lepchenko beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 6-7(4) 7-6(2)
2-Na Li beat Madison Keys 7-6(3), 6-3
Elina Svitolina beat Barbora Strycova 4-6 6-4 6-1
29-Venus Williams beat Casey Dellacqua 6-4 5-7 6-4
3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat 32-Elena Vesnina 7-5 6-3
15-Carla Suarez-Navarro beat 24-Kaia Kanepi 6-2 6-1