Key Biscayne, FL (Sports Network) - Former champion Andy Murray was a
straight-set quarterfinal winner Thursday at the $4.169 million Sony Open.
The second-seeded Murray handled ninth-seeded Croat Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3 in 1
hour, 42 minutes amid sunshine at Crandon Park. Murray needed seven match
points to close out Cilic, who was sloppy with 37 unforced errors on Day 9 of
this 12-day ATP Masters 1000 event.
Murray moved into his fourth Key Biscayne semifinal by popping six aces and
breaking the overmatched Cilic six times. The British star is now 8-1 lifetime
against the tall Croat.
The U.S. Open champion Murray titled here in 2009 and was last year's
Key Biscayne runner-up to Novak Djokovic.
Murray's semifinal opponent on Friday will be eighth-seeded Frenchman Richard
Gasquet, who sent fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych packing in straight sets, 6-3,
Berdych was the Sony Open runner-up three years ago.
Gasquet is searching for his first career title in a Masters event. However,
no Frenchman has ever won here in the tournament's 28-year history.
The other semifinal matchup will pit third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer
against 15th-seeded and 34-year-old German Tommy Haas, who stunned the world
No. 1 and two-time defending champion Djokovic here on Tuesday.
This week's big winner will pocket $719,160.
The Sports Network