Two times consecutive title winner Roger Federer and defending champion Andy Murray had an easy day out on Sunday against their respective opponents in form of Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker and Spanish Feliciano Lopez respectively.
Fifth seed Roger Federer might have lost to Novak Djokovic in the Indian Wells finals but that has not deterred the tennis ace to continue his march in the ATP Miami Masters, 2014. Playing in the tough conditions of blistering heat, Roger Federer easily humbled his Dutch opponent Thiemo de Bakker in straight sets which lasted just over an hour. He won the match 6-3, 6-3 to move to the fourth round of the Sony Open Tennis.
Roger Federer next meets France’s Richard Gasquet who defeated South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4. Roger Federer leads Frenchman Gasquet 11-2 in head-to-head.
Defending Champion Andy Murray marches past practice partner Feliciano Lopez
Taking court on Sunday, defending champion Andy Murray also had a routine day on court against Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1. He took the first set in just 44 minutes and rounded up the match in mere 73 minutes. With this win over the Spanish player, Murray alo improved his unbeaten record of 9-0 against Lopez.
Sixth seed Scottish player would next meet Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who had a tough day in hand before he defeated Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-5. The eleventh seed Tsonga fired 16 aces to move past his opponent and also gave a brilliant match to the crowd to watch.
Andy Murray should be confident going against his next opponent as he leads 8-1 head-to-head.