KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Andy Murray’s latest win was especially sweet.READ MORE: Florida Appeals Court Upholds Law On Local Gun Regulations
The Scotsman was presented with a cake in a stadium ceremony Tuesday after he became the ninth active man to win 500 matches by beating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at the Miami Open.
Murray, who improved to 500-155, is the 46th man to reach the milestone during the Open Era, and the first from Britain.
The No. 3-seeded Murray, who won the Key Biscayne title in 2009 and 2013, will next play unseeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, who beat No. 28 Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5.
No. 8 Tomas Berdych advanced when No. 17 Gael Monfils fell and hurt his hip. Berdych was leading 6-3, 3-2 when Monfils retired.
Monfils, seeded 17th, said he bruised his hip but hopes to be able to play in his next scheduled tournament in Houston.READ MORE: 'Help Is On The Way': Gov. Ron DeSantis Files Lawsuit Against Feds, CDC To Reopen Cruise Ship Industry
Berdych will next play unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina, who beat No. 29 Fernandez Verdasco 6-3, 6-3. Verdasco was coming off an upset win over Rafael Nadal.
No. 6 David Ferrer beat No. 12 Gilles Simon 7-6 (5), 6-0. Ferrer will next face the winner of the match between four-time champion Novak Djokovic and Alexandr Dolgopolov.
In women’s play, No. 9 Andrea Petkovic became the first semifinalist when she beat No. 14 Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2.
To beat the 6-foot-8 Anderson, Murray relied on lots of defense and just enough offense. He scrambled all over the court to keep points going, and in the final game made improbable saves to extend rallies on consecutive points, winning both.
When Murray broke for a 3-1 lead in the final set, he screamed “Come on!” loud enough to startle any sunbathers across the street on Crandon Beach. He easily held from there, winning 12 of 13 points in his final three service games.
While Anderson had the bigger serve, Murray lost only eight points on his first serve.MORE NEWS: WATCH: Girl Challenges Pittsburgh Police Officer And Former Pitt Football Player To Race
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