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Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Berdych downs Dolgopolov to reach Miami semis

MIAMI, March 27 (Reuters) – Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych eased into the semi-finals of the Sony Open for the third time on Thursday, taming Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Berdych quietly worked his way into the last four without dropping a set in Miami, where he awaits the winner Thursday’s later match between world number one Rafa Nadal and big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic.

Mar 27, 2014

Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4 6-3 win on Thursday to reach her ninth Sony Open final.

The rematch of last year’s final produced the same result as Williams, a six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, ran her winning streak against Sharapova to 15 matches, a stunning run that stretches back to 2004.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final

MIAMI, March 27 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4 6-3 win on Thursday to reach her ninth Sony Open final.

The rematch of last year’s final produced the same result as Williams, a six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, ran her winning streak against Sharapova to 15 matches, a stunning run that stretches back to 2004.

Mar 27, 2014

Nishikori stuns Federer to reach Miami semis

MIAMI (Reuters) – A tireless Kei Nishikori shocked 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Wednesday to claim his second top five scalp in two days and reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.

After knocking off fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on Tuesday, the 21st ranked Japanese was forced to go the distance again, surviving a two-hour centre court battle with Federer.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori stuns Federer to reach Miami semis

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – A tireless Kei Nishikori shocked 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Wednesday to claim his second top five scalp in two days and reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.

After knocking off fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on Tuesday, the 21st ranked Japanese was forced to go the distance again, surviving a two-hour centre court battle with Federer.

Mar 27, 2014

Li sets up Australian Open rematch with Cibulkova

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number two Li Na powered her way past 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5 and into the semi-finals of the Sony Open on Wednesday, setting up another rematch of the Australian Open final against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

Li did not play a match until the third round after receiving a first round bye and second round walkover but has since been in sizzling form, reaching the last four without dropping a set.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Li sets up Australian Open rematch with Cibulkova

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – World number two Li Na powered her way past 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5 and into the semi-finals of the Sony Open on Wednesday, setting up another rematch of the Australian Open final against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

Li did not play a match until the third round after receiving a first round bye and second round walkover but has since been in sizzling form, reaching the last four without dropping a set.

Mar 27, 2014

Murray exits with back on mend and coach search on the go

MIAMI (Reuters) – With the end of his Miami title defense, Andy Murray will head to Europe next week with his back on the mend and his search for a new coach ongoing.

It has been a challenging start to the season for the Briton, who continues to recover from off-season back surgery while taking applications for a new coach following his sudden split with Ivan Lendl.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Murray exits with back on mend and coach search on the go

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – With the end of his Miami title defence, Andy Murray will head to Europe next week with his back on the mend and his search for a new coach ongoing.

It has been a challenging start to the season for the Briton, who continues to recover from off-season back surgery while taking applications for a new coach following his sudden split with Ivan Lendl.

Mar 26, 2014

Djokovic ends Murray’s reign to reach Miami semis

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number two Novak Djokovic ended Andy Murray’s reign as Sony Open champion on Wednesday easing past the sixth seeded Briton 7-5 6-3 to advance to the Miami semi-finals.

For Djokovic, a three-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, the victory was a small measure of revenge as the rivals clashed for the first time since Murray beat the Serb in last year’s Wimbledon final.