Mur­ray, Tsonga Ser­ena and Li ad­vance


Reign­ing US Open champs Andy Mur­ray and Ser­ena Wil­liams stepped up their bids for an­other ti­tle while China's Li Na halted the gi­ant-killing run of a Span­ish teen to ad­vance at the Mi­ami Masters.

Sec­ond seed Mur­ray blasted nine aces en route to a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 vic­tory over dis­grun­tled Grigor Dim­itrov to reach the fourth round of the hard­court tour­na­ment. Mur­ray, who won this event four years ago, needed one hour and 54 min­utes to oust the 29th-seeded Bul­gar­ian Dim­itrov. Mur­ray said he started slowly but soon fig­ured out how to cause prob­lems for his op­po­nent. "I was leav­ing the ball a bit short. Once I started to im­prove my depth a bit I made it tough for him and he started to make ma­jor mis­takes af­ter that," Mur­ray said.

Dim­itrov, last year's run­nerup to No­vak Djokovic, would have faced a tougher task had not the 21-year-old lost his com­po­sure when serv­ing for the first set at 5-3. Mean­while, eighth­seeded French­man Richard Gas­quet rolled over 28th-seeded Rus­sian Mikhail Youzhny 63, 6-4 and 10th-seeded Spa­niard Ni­co­las Al­ma­gro beat Bel­gian David Gof­fin 6-3, 6-4. Gas­quet faces Al­ma­gro in the fourth round.

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