Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round of the Sony Open in Miami, beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1.
It was a very encouraging performance from Murray, who had the advantage in the baseline exchanges and returned Lopez's serve effectively to ease to a straight sets win.
Watched by ex-coach Ivan Lendl, Murray started well, varying the pace and height of the ball to carve out a 0-40 advantage on the Spaniard's serve. Playing with power from the baseline, the Scot forced a forehand error from Lopez to get the break. His advantage was short-lived though, as the world number 34 immediately broke back to level the score.
Lopez saved a break point in the next game with good serving, but went down 0-40 in his next service game following a barrage of powerful groundstrokes into the corners from the 26-year-old Brit. A double fault gave Murray a 3-2 lead, and he went on to comfortably close out the set 6-4.
(23.07 KB. 660x350 - viewed 15330 times.)
The Wimbledon champion got off to the perfect start in set 2, creating a 15-40 advantage with an excellent return and breaking after a wild forehand error from Lopez. Murray was by now growing increasingly comfortable in the long rallies, drawing errors off the Spaniard's slice backhand and beating him for power in the crosscourt exchanges.
The world number 6 broke again in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead, and showcased his returning skills in the seventh game to earn himself a 15-40 lead - he sealed his victory with a crisp backhand return winner.
Murray will next play Frenchman Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the fourth round.