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Andy Murray, 13.00 to win the Sony Open with Dafabet, admits he was delighted to progress to the last 16 of the tournament in difficult conditions on Sunday.
The Scot proved too strong for Feliciano Lopez, as he claimed a 6-4 6-1 victory and in winning the contest, he continued his 100 per cent record against Lopez as he showed glimpses of his old form.
Murray took advantage of Lopez’s errors throughout the game as he took control to give himself a great chance of winning his third title in Miami.
The 26-year-old was delighted with his performance, and he says he wants to continue to improve his game this season.
“I moved well (and) returned well,” Murray said on www.atpworldtour.com. “It’s not always that easy to feel comfortable against him because there is not (a lot) of rhythm with the way he plays.
“I’m just looking forward. It’s nice that winning Wimbledon has been sort of accomplished, but I look forward now to try and do more in the big events.
“I don’t know how hot it was, but when we came over at like 9:30am it was already 80 Fahrenheit and it was extremely humid. They are not easy conditions.”
The reigning Wimbledon champion will now take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after the Frenchman beat Marcos Baghdatis 4-6 7-6 (6) 7-5.
Murray can be backed at odds of 1.44 to win the first set against Tsonga, but the latter is expected to provide a stern test.