Nadal, Murray advance with solid wins in Miami

March 29th, 2009 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Rafael Nadal Miami, March 29 (DPA) Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray made competent starts at the Miami Masters with the Spanish top seed producing a crushing 6-2, 6-2 win over Teimuraz Gabashvili.
Nadal claimed his 22nd victory of the season against just two losses in the rout of the Russian Saturday. He was joined as a winner by sixth seed Juan Del Potro, who beat Argentine Marcello Vassallo Arguello by a similar score.

Murray took a set to get adjusted to the baseline backboard game of Juan Monaco before emerging a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 winner.

The fourth seed from Britain, losing finalist last weekend at Indian Wells to Rafael Nadal, had his troubles in the first set as 59th-ranked Argentine got everything back and broke Murray twice in the process.

But once Murray settled in, his big game got the best of the situation, moving him into the third round after a bye with 33 winners in two hour, 14 minutes.

“I don’t tend to think the match is finished, you know, when you lose the first set,” he said. “But I knew it was going to be tricky. He was playing very well and I was struggling a little bit to get into a rhythm.

“But the only thing that matters really is winning. I was really happy with the way I served, that was just the key. i could have lost today.”

Murray now stands 5-3 in Miami, his off-season training base where he spent a month working on fitness last December with his team.

Murray is an impressive 21-2 this season with titles already earned at Doha and Rotterdam, where he beat Nadal.

Two Spanish seeds moved through, as number 8 Australian Open semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco beat German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4 and number 11 David Ferrer overcame American John Isner

6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Serb Viktor Troicki toppled 14th seed David Nalbandian as the Argentine’s patchy form produced a second opening-match loss in the past three tournaments.

Women’s top seed Serena Williams played her first match in nearly a month, moving through 6-2, 6-3 over fellow American Alexa Glatch.

Sister Venus joined in 6-3, 6-3 over Shahar Peer.

Both Williams sisters were back on court after skipping this month’s other big event in Indian Wells, where the pair claim racial discrimination due to crowd jeers nearly a decade ago.

Russian ninth seed Nadia Petrova beat Michaella Krajicek 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, while Polish 10th-seed Agnieszwa Radwanska advanced over Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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