Djokovic, Murray set for quarter-final showdown

Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:39pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - Defending champion Andy Murray swept past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Sony Open on Tuesday to set up a tantalizing quarter-final showdown with three-time Miami winner Novak Djokovic.

Murray, playing his first event since splitting with coach Ivan Lendl last week, has looked increasingly comfortable and confident on his own, disposing of the 11th-seeded Frenchman 6-4 6-1 in a tidy 73 minutes.

Djokovic, riding the momentum from his Masters series win in Indian Wells nine days ago, also continued to display superb form in taming Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3 7-5.

Joining Murray and Djokovic in the last eight are Japan's Kei Nishikori and Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov after each registered a pair of fourth-round upsets.

Dolgopolov gave Ukrainians a little something to discuss beside political turmoil by battling to a 6-4 3-6 6-1 win over third seed and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka while Nishikori shocked fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 7-6 (11-9).

"I need to continue to play well and bring those positives to the country," said Dolgopolov, who was born and raised in Kiev. "Politically there is nothing I can do, I'm not there I just live with it and hope for the best."

While the day got off to a gloomy start with early morning showers delaying the start of play by 30 minutes, tennis fans were treated to a lineup of sparkling action with nine of the world's top 10 men battling for spots in the quarters.

Djokovic had only two break points the entire match and that was all the second seeded Serb needed converting both chances.   Continued...

Mar 25, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Andy Murray waves to the crowd after his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (not pictured) on day nine of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports