Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Second seed Novak Djokovic defeated sixth seed and defending champion Andy Murray, 7-5, 6-3, in Wednesday’s quarterfinal to keep alive his hopes of winning the Sony Open Tennis title for a fourth time.
For a place in the final, Djokovic will play two-time former titlist and fifth seed Roger Federer or No. 20 seed Kei Nishikori, who clash later tonight.
Two weeks ago, Djokovic captured the 42nd trophy of his career at the BNP Paribas Open. He has won 17 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
In the second, Murray committed double faults, when serving at 3-2, allowing Djokovic to wrap up his ninth straight victory. The pair’s 20th meeting lasted just over 90 minutes.
Murray’s last win over a player in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings came in July 2013, when he beat Djokovic for his historic Wimbledon title.
On the women’s side, Dominika Cibulkova pulled off a hard-earned 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska Wednesday to advance to the semifinal.
Cibulkova hit 50 winners and had 55 unforced errors en route to victory in two hours and 30 minutes. Radwanska had 28 winners and 39 unforced errors.
With the win, Cibulkova is projected to make her Top 10 debut on Monday’s rankings. Cibulkova is the first player to reach 20 WTA-level match wins this year.
“This win really means a lot to me,” Cibulkova beamed in her on-court interview. “It’s always tough to play Aga, but I knew I just had to stay aggressive. If you make some mistakes with Aga you still have to stay aggressive.”
Next up for Cibulkova is either No.1 seed Li Na or No.11 Caroline Wozniacki, who played each other at night.