Murray beats SA’s Anderson to claim 500th win

2015-04-01 14:32

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South African Kevin Anderson made headlines at the Miami Open tennis tournament yesterday – not because he managed to advance to the quarterfinals – but because he was the player who Andy Murray beat to win the 500th match of his career.

World number four Murray beat Anderson 6-4 3-6 6-3 to become the 46th man in the Open Era to reach 500 career wins and the first British male. He is one of only nine active players to have reached the milestone.

Anderson fought back well in the second set but after trading early breaks in the third the Scot took control, breaking his South African opponent again to grab a 3-1 advantage and never looked back.

Murray will face Austrian Dominic Thiem, who reached his first Masters 1000 series quarterfinal after beating France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-5.

Czech Tomas Berdych made it six quarterfinals out of six tournaments this year after he advanced when Frenchman Gael Monfils retired in the second set after a bad fall. Berdych was leading 6-3 3-2.

Berdych will next face Argentine Juan Monaco, a 6-3 6-3 winner over Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the fourth seed, beat Belgian David Goffin 6-1 6-2 and will face American John Isner, who beat Canada’s Milos Raonic in three tie-breaks.

Isner trailed by a set and was 3-0 down in the second but emerged from the battle of two of the game’s biggest servers with a 6-7 (3) 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5) victory.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare from Alexandr Dolgopolov yesterday to reach the Miami Open quarterfinals.

Djokovic was made to work for his 7-6 (3) 7-5 6-0 win over world number 65 Dolgopolov.

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