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Roger Federer defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-3 in round three (AP) Roger Federer defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-3 in round three (AP)
By: Agence-France Presse | Miami | Updated: March 25, 2014 10:39 am

Two-time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters, producing efficient wins in heat and humidity. Fifth-ranked Federer pounded Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour while British sixth seed Murray downed practice partner Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1.

Federer, 32, broke for victory in the final game, with de Bakker saving a pair of match points but also double-faulting at a crucial moment. Federer secured his 21st match win of the season when a backhand from the Dutchman floated long.

“I’m feeling really good with my game,” said Federer, who next faces French ninth seed Richard Gasquet. “My confidence is high and I’m moving well. I’m excited about how I’ve been playing.”

Murray polished his record to 9-0 over Lopez in only 73 minutes. The Scotsman improved to 21-6 in the US city.

Tsonga aces it

He now faces French 11th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who outlasted Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-5. Tsonga trailed a set and was down 5-1 in the second-set tiebreaker when he suddenly found some much-needed form, rallying to win after two and a half hours. The Frenchman fired 16 aces and needed only one break of serve to make the winning difference.

Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2. Also advancing was Chinese world number two Li Na, the reigning Australian Open champion who dispatched American Madison Keys 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Russia’s Elena Vesnina 7-5, 6-3. Radwanska will play 19-year-old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina for a spot in the quarter-finals. Tenth-seeded Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova beat Alize Cornet 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 while Caroline Wozniacki hammered American Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-0.

First Published on: March 25, 20141:40 am
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