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Tennis: Federer, Murray cruise through Miami sweatshop

Published on Mar 24, 2014 5:57 AM
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand against Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands during their third round match during day 7 at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Centre on March 23, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - Two-time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters, producing efficient wins in heat and humidity on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Fifth-ranked Federer pounded Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour while British sixth seed Murray downed practice partner Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1.

Ivan Lendl, the coach from whom Murray recently parted, was sitting in the player box to watch his former protege's triumph.

Federer, 32, broke for victory in the final game, with de Bakker saving a pair of match points but also double-faulting at a crucial moment.

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