Miami Open: Murray clinches 500th win while Djokovic survives scare


MIAMI: Andy Murray won the 500th match of his career to reach the last eight stage of Miami Open while Novak Djokovic survived a scare against Alexandr Dolgopolov, reports.

Murray defeated Kevin Anderson 6-4 3-6 6-3 to become the first British player and the 46th man in the Open Era to register 500 career wins

Only nine players have reached the milestone as of yet.

Anderson fought in the second but after exchanging early breaks but Murray grabbed a 3-1 advantage and never looked back.

He will face Dominic Thiem, who defeared Adrian Mannarino 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5 to qualify for his first ATP 1000 quarter final .

On the other hand, Djokovic had to play hard against Alexandr Dolgopolov  to win the match 7-6(3) 7-5 6-0.

He lost the first set and was in an even graver position by falling behind 4-1 in the second and on the brink of elimination.

The World No.1 turned things around in his favor and broke twice in the second set.

Dolgopolov kept flustering after losing the second set and went on to lose the deciding set as well.

Djokovic will take on David Ferrer in the quarter finals.

Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych advanced to the quarter finals after Gael Monfils had to retire after a hard fall. He will take on Juan Monaco, a 6-who defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-3.

Kei Nishikori defeated David Goffin 6-1 6-2 to face John Isner, who edged past Milos Raonic in three set tie breakers.

Isner was behind a set and 3-0 down in the second but came back to win the match by 6-7(3) 7-6(6) 7-6(5).