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Mar 26, 2014

Sony Open locked down due to suspicious package

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Sony Open in Miami was locked down while the bomb squad investigated a suspicious package on Tuesday, preventing thousands of spectators from entering or leaving the sprawling tennis complex.

The all clear was given at around 9:30 ET, some 30 minutes after officials had confirmed the lockdown, allowing ticket holders to exit.

Mar 26, 2014

Tennis-Sony Open locked down due to suspicious package

MIAMI, March 25 (Reuters) – The Sony Open in Miami was locked down while the bomb squad investigated a suspicious package on Tuesday, preventing thousands of spectators from entering or leaving the sprawling tennis complex.

The all clear was given at around 9:30 ET (0130 GMT), some 30 minutes after officials had confirmed the lockdown, allowing ticket holders to exit.

Mar 26, 2014

Djokovic, Murray set for quarter-final showdown

MIAMI (Reuters) – Defending champion Andy Murray swept past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Sony Open on Tuesday to set up a tantalizing quarter-final showdown with three-time Miami winner Novak Djokovic.

Murray, playing his first event since splitting with coach Ivan Lendl last week, has looked increasingly comfortable and confident on his own, disposing of the 11th-seeded Frenchman 6-4 6-1 in a tidy 73 minutes.

Mar 26, 2014

Sharapova closes in on return trip to Miami final

MIAMI (Reuters) – Five-time runner-up Maria Sharapova closed in on a return trip to the Miami final by taming eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the semis of the Sony Open.

With the victory Sharapova, who lost in the final last year to Serena Williams, sets up a possible final four showdown with the world number one.

Mar 25, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova closes in on return trip to Miami final

MIAMI, March 25 (Reuters) – Five-time runner-up Maria Sharapova closed in on a return trip to the Miami final by taming eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the semis of the Sony Open.

With the victory Sharapova, who lost in the final last year to Serena Williams, sets up a possible final four showdown with the world number one.

Mar 25, 2014

Djokovic through to Miami quarters, Ferrer falls

MIAMI (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

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.