Murray first Briton to reach 500 career wins

Andy Murray became the first Briton to reach the landmark of 500 career wins after defeating Kevin Anderson to earn his place in the Miami Open last eight, the BBC reports.

The third seed required all three sets to dispatch South Africa’s Anderson, seeded 15, winning 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Murray becomes the 46th man to reach 500 wins since the open era began. Of those, only nine are still playing.

The Scot, 27, reached the landmark in just under 10 years, having made his professional debut in April 2005.

Murray told BBC Sport it was “fitting” to record his 500th career win in Miami, where he spends a lot of time training.

“I’ve been through quite a lot of pain on that court in the last few years,” he said.

“I hope I can use this as motivation to win some more and I hope today’s match wasn’t the last one.

“There’s different ways of judging the success of someone’s career, but winning 800-900 matches is something that’s happened very rarely and is a difficult thing to do – so it gives you something to aim at.”

Murray set a new record for open-era wins by a British man earlier in March, beating Feliciano Lopez at Indian Wells to surpass Tim Henman’s 496-victory mark.

In Miami he was aggressive from the outset, breaking Anderson’s serve in the first game of the match and attacking even the most challenging of shots to sustain his advantage throughout the first set.

Anderson, 28, was slow to start but recovered well to twice break serve and open a 4-0 lead on the way to the second set, as Murray appeared to be fading.

But the Scot broke serve again early in the deciding set and with the landmark in sight, rediscovered his best to claim victory and a place in the quarter-finals of a tournament he has won twice before, in 2009 and 2013.

He will face Austria’s world number 36 Dominic Thiem, 21, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Other Miami Open results

Before the first set ended Tuesday, Novak Djokovic had smashed a racket in anger, drawn jeers from the crowd and received two code violations, which cost him a point penalty, the Associated Press reports.

There were no further outbursts, and as Djokovic’s play improved, so did his mood. He rallied from a break down in the second set and beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-0 in the fourth round of the Miami Open.

“The first set and a half, he was dominating from the baseline,” Djokovic said. “I was frustrated and nervous and wasn’t showing composure on the court.”

Dolgopolov led 4-1 in the second set before Djokovic mounted a comeback to remain in contention for his fifth Key Biscayne title. Dolgopolov required treatment from a trainer after the second set and lost 36 of the final 41 points.

Venus Williams’s recent resurgence stalled when she lost in the quarterfinals to No. 12-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 0-6, 6-1, 7-5. The 34-year-old Williams was broken six times in the final two sets and double-faulted twice in the final game.

“Too many errors, and I was going for it the whole match,” Williams said. “Toward the end, I just never found the happy medium between being aggressive and putting the ball in the court.”

Williams is a three-time Key Biscayne champion, but her most recent title came in 2001. Her sister, seven-time champion Serena Williams, will play in the quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 27 Sabine Lisicki.

With Rafael Nadal already eliminated and Roger Federer skipping the tournament, the No. 1-seeded Djokovic’s most likely opponent in the final would be No. 3 Murray

No. 22 John Isner, the last American in the men’s draw, reached the Key Biscayne quarterfinals for the first time by outlasting No. 5 Milos Raonic in a serving duel, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5). Isner, who has yet to be broken in three matches, next faces No. 4 Kei Nishikori, who beat No. 18 David Goffin 6-1, 6-2. Nishikori has lost 10 games in his three matches.

Others advancing included unseeded Juan Monaco and No. 8 Tomas Berdych, who won when No. 17 Gael Monfils fell, hurt his right hip and retired in the second set.

In other women’s play, No. 9 Andrea Petkovic swept No. 14 Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2.

Djokovic received a warning for ball abuse early in his match, and when he netted a forehand to fall behind 5-4, he slammed his racket against the concrete to earn a second code violation. The crowd hooted as he walked to his chair, and Djokovic raised both arms in response.

“That was a gesture of just feeling bad for what I have done,” Djokovic said. “I was fighting a battle inside of myself, I would say. That was the biggest battle that I fought today.”

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