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Andy Murray’s 499th career victory put him in the fourth round of the Miami Open.
The No. 3-seeded Murray beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday, and one more win will give him a milestone achieved by 45 other men in the Open era.
“It’s nice, because when you see the list of the players that have won that many matches, there isn’t loads,” he said. “I obviously want to try and win more, and hopefully still have quite a few years ahead of me left to add to that number.”
Eight active men have at least 500 wins. Murray’s career record is 499-155, and he’ll next face No. 15-seeded Kevin Anderson.
Murray, who won the tournament in 2009 and 2013, is seeking his first title this year. Against Giraldo, Murray lost only four points on his first serve and was broken just once — the first time he served for the match.READ MORE: South Florida Bride, Groom Crashers At Own Fort Lauderdale Mansion Wedding
“Giraldo came out and started swinging a bit toward the end of the match and made it a little bit tricky,” Murray said, “but I thought for the most part I played very well.”
Giraldo, seeded No. 27, fell to 1-22 against top-10 opponents.
Anderson hit 12 aces and beat No. 24 Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4. A South African, Anderson lives an hour north of Key Biscayne; Murray, a Scotsman, has a home in Miami.
That makes their match an all-Florida affair of sorts.
“Kevin obviously is used to these conditions here,” Murray said. “He obviously plays and practices in this weather a lot, so I won’t have as much of an advantage against him as maybe some of the guys.”
No. 3 Simona Halep, who won Indian Wells a week ago, reached the women’s fourth round by beating No. 30 Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5.MORE NEWS: Pivoting In Pandemic: Miami Maintenance Co. Credits FIU's Small Business Development Center For Helping Them Survive
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