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Andy Murray defeats Grigor Dimitrov in Miami Masters

Andy Murray got off to a worrying start in the third round of the Miami Masters but soon recovered to dominate the rest of the match and win in straight sets 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 against Grigor Dimitrov. This victory moves Murray into the fourth round of the American tournament where he will face Italian world number 19 Andreas Seppi. If the Brit is able to leave the tournament as the overall victor, he will climb above the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, in the rankings table and take the world number two spot.

The reigning US Open Champion took his time to get into the flow of the match, unexpectedly going 5-2 down in the first set after losing his serve twice. Dimitrov only needed one more game to win the opening set but unfortunately for the Bulgarian, he double faulted three times allowing Murray back into the match who took the set to tie break where the Scot won 7-3.

Murray broke Dimitrov’s serve early in the second set giving him a comfortable 2 game cushion, from then on the British number one easily saw his opponent out of the tournament as he continued into the fourth round. Even if the world number three can defeat Seppi in the next round, he still has very tough competition with the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer and the current world number one Novak Djokovic.

Murray explained after the match, “He was taking the ball early very aggressively and hitting very clean at the beginning of the match and I had to weather the storm a bit. If you don’t feel like you are playing at your best, you don’t go for the lines; you just try to keep a good depth and hit the ball mainly crosscourt and make your opponent have to beat you. I did that in the first set.”

The US Open winner commented on his fellow Briton, Heather Watson, after she said she was going to take a break from tennis. The female British number one said that she was going to take a break from tennis last week after she lost in the first round of a tournament for the second time in a row. Soon after, she clarified that she only meant she wanted to have a few days at home but Murray spoke about the two female British tennis stars, “Heather and Laura (Robson) will be fine. They have good people around them.” It looks as though things are moving forward overall for British tennis.

Author Daniel Foster.
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