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Thursday 21 August 2014

Andy Murray in a hurry as he eases past Feliciano Lopez

Winner: Andy Murray on way to beating Feliciano Lopez in the Miami Open

Defending champion Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the Sony Open in Miami with a straight-sets win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

Murray extended his perfect record against Lopez to 9-0 with a 6-4 6-1 victory in 73 minutes to set up a clash with France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who recovered from 5-1 down in a second set tie-break to beat Marcos Baghdatis in three sets.

World number six Murray made the ideal start with a break of serve to love in the opening game of the match, but there was a moment of concern in the next game when he grabbed his lower back in pain after dumping a forehand into the net.

The Scot went on to lose that game after saving two break points, but did not appear to be physically hampered afterwards and he soon broke Lopez again for a 3-2 lead.

Murray lost just one point in each of his next three service games to serve out the set and again broke Lopez at the start of the second set.

Lopez looked to be suffering from back problems of his own and never threatened to get back into the contest, losing his serve twice more as Murray sealed victory with a casual backhand return winner down the line.

"I moved well (and) returned well," Murray said. "It's not always that easy to feel comfortable against him because there is not (a lot) of rhythm with the way he plays."

Murray struck nine winners in the 44-minute opening set, which saw Lopez commit 17 unforced errors. He broke Lopez's serve three times in the second set, winning 24 of 36 points.

"I'm just looking forward," Murray added when asked about his goals. "It's nice that winning Wimbledon has been sort of accomplished, but I look forward now to try and do more in the big events."

Meanwhile, world number one Serena Williams overcame stubborn resistance from world number 74 France's Caroline Garcia to reach the fourth round in Miami, 6-4 4-6 6-4.

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