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Mar 25, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic through to Miami quarters, Ferrer falls

MIAMI, March 25 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to a fourth Miami title after easing by Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3 7-5 on Tuesday to become the first man through to the Sony Open quarter-finals.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori also reached the last eight by pulling off the first major upset of the tournament, toppling fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 7-6 (11-9) in a pulsating three-hour battle.

Mar 25, 2014

Ruthless Nadal continues Miami rampage

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal continued his ruthless rampage through the Sony Open on Monday, crushing Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-1 6-0 to reach the fourth round at Crandon Park.

Also through to the next round is Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who looked sharp in a no-nonsense 7-5 6-4 win over Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Mar 25, 2014

Tennis-Ruthless Nadal continues Miami rampage

MIAMI, March 24 (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal continued his ruthless rampage through the Sony Open on Monday, crushing Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-1 6-0 to reach the fourth round at Crandon Park.

Also through to the next round is Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who looked sharp in a no-nonsense 7-5 6-4 win over Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Mar 24, 2014

Serena, Sharapova again on Miami collision course

MIAMI (Reuters) – Six-times Miami champion Serena Williams and five-times runner-up Maria Sharapova remained on another Sony Open collision course after each recorded fourth-round wins on Monday.

While Williams and Sharapova clashed in last year’s final there will be no championship rematch on Saturday at Crandon Park with the American and Russian on the same side of the draw and closing in on a semi-final showdown.

Mar 24, 2014

Tennis-Serena, Sharapova again on Miami collision course

MIAMI, March 24 (Reuters) – Six-times Miami champion Serena Williams and five-times runner-up Maria Sharapova remained on another Sony Open collision course after each recorded fourth-round wins on Monday.

While Williams and Sharapova clashed in last year’s final there will be no championship rematch on Saturday at Crandon Park with the American and Russian on the same side of the draw and closing in on a semi-final showdown.

Mar 24, 2014

Li finds Keys to victory, reaches Miami fourth round

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number two Li Na finally made her first appearance at the Sony Open on Sunday, taming Madison Keys in an unsteady effort while three-time champion Venus Williams was also made to work under a blazing Florida sun for her spot in the fourth round.

Li displayed some signs of rust in her first match of the tournament after receiving an opening round bye and a walkover when Alisa Kleybanova withdrew from their second round meeting with illness.

Mar 24, 2014

Tennis-Li finds Keys to victory, reaches Miami fourth round

MIAMI, March 23 (Reuters) – World number two Li Na finally made her first appearance at the Sony Open on Sunday, taming Madison Keys in an unsteady effort while three-time champion Venus Williams was also made to work under a blazing Florida sun for her spot in the fourth round.

Li displayed some signs of rust in her first match of the tournament after receiving an opening round bye and a walkover when Alisa Kleybanova withdrew from their second round meeting with illness.

Mar 23, 2014

Murray and Federer sizzle under Miami sun

MIAMI (Reuters) – Defending champion Andy Murray and 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer sizzled under a Miami sun, speeding into the fourth round of the Sony Open 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.

Mar 23, 2014

Tennis-Murray and Federer sizzle under Miami sun

MIAMI, March 23 (Reuters) – Defending champion Andy Murray and 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer sizzled under a Miami sun, speeding into the fourth round of the Sony Open 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.

Mar 23, 2014

Li finds Keys to victory, reaches fourth round in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Chinese world number two Li Na finally made her first appearance at the Sony Open on Sunday, taming American Madison Keys 7-6(3) 6-3 in an unsteady effort to reach the fourth round at Crandon Park.

Playing her first match of the tournament after receiving an opening round bye and a walkover when Alisa Kleybanova withdrew from their second round meeting with a viral illness, Li displayed some hints of rust, having to fight off three set points and an early break in the second before collecting the win.