Murray and Nadal ease through in Miami

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Updated: March 24, 2012

World No 4 Andy Murray eased into the Miami Masters third round on Friday when he saw off Colombia’s Alejandro Falla 6-2, 6-3, avoiding a repeat of last week’s embarrassment in California.

Rafael Nadal stepped up the fight to hold onto his number two ranking in the face of a 2012 trophy charge from Roger Federer, with the Spaniard starting his Miami camaign with 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Santiago Giraldo. Federer has been steadily closing the gap on his great rival with 6 tournament wins in his last 8 including last weeks win at Indian Wells a Masters Series event.

American John Isner maintained his great run of form, which has included a win over world number one Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells, by defeating Russian Nikolay Davydenko 2-6 6-3 6-4, highlighted by 10 aces.

Sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga started his campaign as he outplayed Belgian veteran Xavier Malisse 7-5, 7-5, while Serb ninth seed Janko Tipsarevic dismissed Argentine David Nalbandian 7-5, 6-3.

In the ladies draw, Victoria Azarenka, cruised to a 6-3 7-5 win against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands before American wildcard Williams upset third seed Kvitova 6-4 4-6 6-0. Ararenka has now won all 24 matches she has played this week and will be eying not only a 5th tournament win of the year at Miami, but also Martini Hingis record set in 1997 of 37 matches won.

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