Miami Masters: Andy Murray at home as he cruises into quarter-finals

British number one beats Andreas Seppi to advance

Andy Murray has had his parents, brother, girlfriend and even his dogs with him at the Miami Masters, so it is no wonder that he is feeling at home this week.

Murray, who stays in his own property not far from the courts at Crandon Park, reached the quarter-finals last night by beating Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4 to maintain his record of not dropping a set at this year’s tournament. He next faces the winner of yesterday’s later match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marin Cilic.

Murray had won his four previous meetings with Seppi and took charge from the start. The 29-year-old Italian did not hit a single winner in the first set, in which he had to defend nine break points, two of which Murray converted. The Scot, adapting to the breezy conditions much better than his opponent, dropped just four points on his own serve as he took the opener with plenty to spare.

Seppi had to save three more break points at the start of the second set, but from that moment on he picked up his level. The world No 19 went  30-0 up when Murray served at 3-4, but failed to drive home his advantage and paid the penalty in the following game when two successive unforced errors gave Murray his last break of the match.

A double fault when Murray served for the match at 5-4 gave Seppi his first break point, but the Scot saved it and went on to convert his first match point when the Italian hit a backhand long.

“I started the match well,” Murray said afterwards. “It was very windy on the court. It was swirling a little bit at the start and he made more unforced errors than he usually does. I was able to track down a lot of his balls because he wasn’t timing his shots that well. But he started going for his shots more in the second set and made it tough for me.”

In Murray’s absence, James Ward and Jamie Baker will spearhead Britain’s attempt to earn a place in a Davis Cup World Group play-off next week.

Murray made himself unavailable for the Europe/Africa Zone Group One tie against Russia at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, starting next Friday. Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray have been named as Britain’s doubles team. Russia’s squad comprises Dmitry Tursunov, Evgeny Donskoy, Igor Kunitsyn and Victor Baluda.

Sport
Club legend Paul Scholes is scared United could disappear into 'the wilderness'
football
News
A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
science
News
Dawkins: 'There’s a very interesting reason why a prince could not turn into a frog – it's statistically too improbable'
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
PROMOTED VIDEO
Travel
Dinosaurs Unleashed at the Eden Project
travel
Arts and Entertainment
music
Sport
football
Life and Style
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale
techDespite a host of other online auction sites and fierce competition from Amazon, eBay is still the most popular e-commerce site in the UK
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home