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Djokovic marches on in Miami

27-Mar-2012 / 10:30 pm
Kerala Updates: Top seed Novak Djokovic made routine progress into the last eight of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami with a straight-sets win over Richard Gasquet. The Serb served six aces and broke serve three times to record a 7-5 6-3 win over the 17th seed and set up a quarter-final against Juan Martin Del Potro or David Ferrer, who play later. Great Britain's Andy Murray, seeded fourth, was similarly untroubled as he also powered past a French opponent, beating Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4. The Scot will face Janko Tipsarevic after the ninth-seeded Serbian beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (7/3), 6-2. And in the other half of the draw, it was a similar story for Rafael Nadal as the second seed beat Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-4. The Spaniard needed over two hours to complete a more hard-fought victory than the straight-sets scoreline suggests, but nevertheless reached a sixth straight quarter-final. "The beginning was a very tough match for me," said Nadal afterwards. "In the second set I started well, 3-0. Just [at] 5-3, I didn't play my best game there and he broke me. [I was] happy to have the break back later and finally win the match." Eighth seed Mardy Fish beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 in two hours and 36 minutes. In the first of the women's quarter-finals, second seed Maria Sharapova hammered China's Li Na 6-3 6-0 in an hour and nine minutes in a match containing neither an ace nor a double fault. It is the fourth time Sharapova has reached the semi-finals at this tournament but represents her first win - and, indeed, the first time she has even won a set - in five meetings with Li. "I came into this match losing to her the last few times. I really wanted to change that," Sharapova said afterwards. "I was really consistent today in conditions where it was a little gusty and blowing around, and I faced a tough opponent too. I did a good job of maintaining my consistency throughout the whole match."
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