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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.

Mar 23, 2014

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

MIAMI, March 23 (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.

Mar 23, 2014

Nadal shows Hewitt respect but no mercy in Miami rout

MIAMI (Reuters) – If there was ever a tennis match that was going to be a fight to death it would probably be between fiery Spaniard Rafa Nadal and the battling Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Perhaps more than any other players on the ATP Tour, Hewitt and Nadal have constructed careers around the relentless fighting spirit that has come to characterizes their game and on Saturday the two warriors stared across the net at each other in a second round clash at the Sony Open.

Mar 23, 2014

Nadal takes aim at elusive title, Wawrinka struggles through

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal launched his bid for one of the few titles to elude him by crushing Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Sony Open.

The Spaniard has won 62 titles, including 13 grand slams and 25 Masters series events, but a victory on the Miami hardcourts is not among them.

Mar 23, 2014

Tennis-Nadal shows Hewitt respect but no mercy in Miami rout

MIAMI, March 23 (Reuters) – If there was ever a tennis match that was going to be a fight to death it would probably be between fiery Spaniard Rafa Nadal and the battling Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Perhaps more than any other players on the ATP Tour, Hewitt and Nadal have constructed careers around the relentless fighting spirit that has come to characterises their game and on Saturday the two warriors stared across the net at each other in a second round clash at the Sony Open.

Mar 23, 2014

Tennis-Nadal takes aim at elusive title, Wawrinka struggles through

MIAMI, March 22 (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal launched his bid for one of the few titles to elude him by crushing Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Sony Open.

The Spaniard has won 62 titles, including 13 grand slams and 25 Masters series events, but a victory on the Miami hardcourts is not among them.

Mar 22, 2014

Williams battles on at Sony Open in front of empty seats

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams battled her way into the fourth round of the Sony Open with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia on Saturday but the six-time champion hardly looked at home on the Miami hardcourts calling her effort unprofessional.

The game’s dominant player, Williams, who lives an hour drive away from the Crandon Park complex, has yet to put her stamp on her home tournament, advancing with a pair of labored wins over Yaroslava Shvedova and Garcia.

Mar 22, 2014

Tennis-Williams battles on at Sony Open in front of empty seats

MIAMI, March 22 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams battled her way into the fourth round of the Sony Open with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia on Saturday but the six-time champion hardly looked at home on the Miami hardcourts calling her effort unprofessional.

The game’s dominant player, Williams, who lives an hour drive away from the Crandon Park complex, has yet to put her stamp on her home tournament, advancing with a pair of laboured wins over Yaroslava Shvedova and Garcia.