Andy Murray: Former champion dazzles at Miami Open to defeat Tomas Martin Etcheverry | Tennis News

Cameron Norrie joins Andy Murray in the next round while fellow Brits Jack Draper and Dan Evans are beaten, with Carlos Alcaraz also advancing; you can watch the Miami Open, plus over 80 tournaments a year, including the US Open, exclusively live on Sky Sports Tennis

Andy Murray made it back to back wins at the Miami Open as he defeated world No 30 Tomas Martin Etcheverry 7-6 (7-0) 6-3 to reach the third round.

After flopping against the Argentine at the Australian Open earlier this year, 36-year-old Murray produced a quite brilliant performance to exact revenge against the 29th seed.

Two-time Miami Open champion Murray saved all seven break points he faced to notch his first Top 50 win since Toronto last August. It is also the first time he has posted consecutive wins at an event since the same tournament.

Murray produced some sensational tennis in the second set of his clash with Etcheverry

The Scot shows he’s still got it after saving set point in stunning fashion

Murray resumed his second-round clash with the score tied at 3-3 in the first set as severe downpours in Florida wreaked havoc on the schedule on Friday.

The former world No 1 whitewashed his opponent to win the opening set tie-break before breaking for a 4-2 lead in the next.

At 5-3, Murray saved three break points with some clutch tennis before sealing his biggest win of the year on his first match point.

Murray will face Czech youngster Tomas Machac, who beat Russian world No 6 Andrey Rublev, in the next round slated for Sunday.

Murray warmed up in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Stadium ahead of his clash

Tale of the Tape

Norrie advances as Draper is beaten

British No 1 Cameron Norrie sealed his spot in the third round after a 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 win over Flavio Cobolli of Italy, setting up a match-up with reigning champion Daniil Medvedev after his 6-4 6-2 victory over Marton Fucsovics.

Fellow Briton Jack Draper’s challenge, meanwhile, was ended by Nicolas Jarry.

Jarry, the world No 23 from Chile, beat the 22-year-old 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-2) in a match lasting three hours and 33 minutes.

Draper was left heart-broken after squandering two match points when leading 5-4, 40-15 in the third.

Dan Evans also saw his tournament come to an end as he was beaten 6-7 6-3 6-7 in a thrilling finish against American Christopher Eubanks.

Alcaraz progresses

Top seed Carlos Alcaraz cruised through to the next round with a 6-2 6-1 win over Roberto Carballes Baena to set up a meeting with Gael Monfils.

Murray took to Twitter/X shortly after the match to say watching the Spaniard “makes me smile”.

“That’s pretty cool for a legend like Andy to say something like this that he enjoys a lot watching my matches,” said Alcaraz. “It’s crazy for me. He has seen a lot of tennis during his career, a lot of matches, a lot of players.”

Jannik Sinner also moved a step towards a potential final with close rival Alcaraz having been made to wait overnight for the chance to seal an opening win.

The second seed ensured it was worth the wait when he breezed past Andrea Vavassori 6-3 6-4, completing an 80-minute victory against his countryman to reach the third round.

Now 14-3 in Miami, the two-time finalist Sinner will take on Tallon Griekspoor next after the Dutchman recovered after squandering two match points in the second-set tie-break to edge American Alex Michelsen 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (7-9) 6-4.

The top four-ranked American men, led by 12th seed Taylor Fritz, all crashed out.

Joining Fritz were 13th seed Tommy Paul and 21st-seeded Frances Tiafoe to leave No 16 Ben Shelton as the highest-ranked home grown hope.

American fifth seed Jessica Pegula moved into the third round when an ailing Zhu Lin retired trailing 6-4 4-1.

Next up for Pegula is Canadian Leylah Fernandez who converted all six of her break chances in a 6-4 6-2 win over Colombian Emiliana Arango

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