Federer, Djokovic dominate in Miami as Murray wobbles

Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:58am EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - World number two Novak Djokovic led a parade of champions that included Roger Federer and Andy Murray into the third round of the Sony Open on Friday.

The best of men's and women's tennis was on display at Crandon Park with the winners of over 30 grand slam singles titles all in centre court action.

After Federer and Djokovic's successes, Venus Williams registered a straight sets win and Li Na advanced in a walkover, it was left to defending champion Murray to provide a bit of late night drama, taming Australian Matthew Ebden 3-6 6-0 6-1 as the clock approached midnight.

Murray, who split with coach Ivan Lendl earlier in the week, got the contest off to an unsteady start when Ebden broke him at the first opportunity and then held serve to quickly jump in front 3-0 on his way to easily taking the opening set.

After storming through the second set, Murray was broken at the start of the third which sent the Briton into a towel tossing rage as he berated himself.

The chastising had the desired result as the sixth seed immediately broke back to get on level terms and raced through the next five games to clinch a convincing victory.

"You do what you do to win a match," said Murray. "It's not always about how you play or how calm you are on the court, it's about winning the tennis match. That's what matters.

"I won the next six games after that so maybe it nothing to do with it, maybe it helped. I just got on with it and won the match."   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates defeating Andy Murray of Britain in their men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed