Andy Mur­ray reach quar­ters in Mi­ami

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion No­vak Djokovic crashed out in the fourth round of the Mi­ami Masters Tues­day while last year's run­ner-up Andy Mur­ray eased through to the quar­ter-fi­nals in straight sets.

World num­ber one Djokovic was stunned 6-2, 6-4 by Ger­man 15th seed Tommy Haas but US Open win­ner Mur­ray had no such dif­fi­cul­ties, breez­ing past Italy's Andreas Seppi by the same score in the $8.5 mil­lion ATP and WTA hard­court event.

The Serb lost for just the sec­ond time this sea­son, never get­ting to grips with Haas, who kept Djokovic off his game with a num­ber of skill­ful shots.

Haas, who turns 35 next week, ad­vances to the last eight where he will face French­man Gilles Simon who out­lasted Djokovic's coun­try­man Janko Tip­sare­vic 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Haas hit seven fore­hand win­ners and won 76 per­cent of his first-serve points, snap­ping Djokovic's 14 match-win­ning streak in Mi­ami.

Haas eas­ily won the first set then clinched vic­tory on his sec­ond match point with a fore­hand win­ner to the open court, end­ing the 80 minute match.

Djokovic, who had won this event three times (2007, 2011, 2012), had one dou­ble fault and won just 54 per­cent of his sec­ond serves.

This is the first time since 1999 Haas has beaten a world num­ber one. He de­feated An­dre Agassi in three sets at the Grand Slam Cup for his only other win over a world No. 1 in 15 con­tests.

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