Federer marches on

  • Last Updated: March 24 2014, 10:02 GMT

Roger Federer served up another comfortable victory in the Sony Open in Miami on Sunday, beating qualifier Thiemo de Bakker in straight sets.

Federer beat Thiemo de Bakker
Federer beat Thiemo de Bakker

The fifth seed and two-time former champion lost just seven points on his serve as he ran out a 6-3 6-3 winner in 63 minutes, setting up a clash with France's Richard Gasquet in the fourth round.

Ninth seed Gasquet saved all five break points he faced as he defeated 17th seed Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-4.

"We have played many times now and I'm not sure how he's playing right now," Federer said of Gasquet. "I have to find a little bit. He's got great game and gives himself time, that extra second of time on each shot.

"He's a good all-around player. With the wind and the slower conditions, it works quite well for him. I think it's going to be a tough match for me."

Defending champion Andy Murray also enjoyed a comfortable win on Sunday, the world number six extending his record against Feliciano Lopez to 9-0 with a 6-4 6-1 success.

Murray will face France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round after the 11th seed came back from 5-1 down in the second-set tie-break to beat Marcos Baghdatis 4-6 7-6 (8/6) 7-5.

Spain's fourth seed David Ferrer had a more comfortable time of things, beating Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3 6-2 in just an hour and 10 minutes in the evening's final match and ensuring there would be no repeat of Saturday's 2.30am finish involving Sam Stosur.

Tommy Robredo beat France's Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4 while Kei Nishikori saw off Grigor Dimitrov in two close sets, 7-6 (7/1) 7-5.

The latter match was notable for an incident early in the second set when Dimitrov helped a ball girl off the court after noticing that she was feeling faint in the Florida heat.


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