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Murray reaches magic milestone with his 500th victory

By Tom Allnutt

Published 01/04/2015

Landmark victory: Andy Murray
Landmark victory: Andy Murray

Andy Murray racked up his 500th career win - the first Briton to do so - by beating Kevin Anderson over three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.

Murray was presented with a tennis court-themed cake to mark his achievement.

The third-seeded Scot needed a little over two hours to dispatch the South African 6-4 3-6 6-3, passing an important personal milestone while making the last eight of a competition which has seen Rafael Nadal make an early exit.

Murray fired down two aces in response to Anderson's 11, with his first serve malfunctioning as he surrendered the second set before rallying to end the world number 17's challenge in Florida.

Murray becomes the 46th man to reach 500 wins since the open era began. Of those, only nine are still playing.

The Scot has reached the landmark in just under 10 years, having made his professional debut in April 2005.

"Obviously it means a lot," Murray said.

"There is not a whole load of people who have managed to get to 500, and to do it here in Miami was fitting because I have done a lot of hard yards on this court.

"I hope it's not the last match I win. There is a certain number I would like to get to before I finish playing and hopefully my body can hold up and allow me to get there."

Murray, 27, set a new record for open-era wins by a British man last month, beating Feliciano Lopez at Indian Wells to surpass Tim Henman's 496-victory mark.

Murray broke serve early in the deciding set and rediscovered his best to claim a place in the quarter-finals of a tournament he won in 2009 and 2013.

He will face Austria's Dominic Thiem later today.

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