Andy Murray brings up 500th tour win against Kevin Anderson in Miami
Last Updated: 31/03/15 11:14pm
Andy Murray claimed his 500th win on the ATP Tour as he advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Open with a hard-fought victory over Kevin Anderson.
The British No 1 was dragged into a deciding set by Anderson before he eventually sealed a 6-4 3-6 6-3 triumph, becoming only the 46th man in the Open era to reach the 500 mark.
Standing inside the baseline, Murray took on his opponent’s booming serve from the opening game, and seized an early break through Anderson’s over-hit forehand.
But the Scot’s own serve was severely tested at 4-3 up, with Murray scampering in the heat to fend off break points, before holding with a forehand volley.
After serving out the first set, Murray’s focus appeared to waver following a harsh time violation and a double fault led to more break points, with Anderson snatching the second to move 2-0 ahead.
Murray’s mood was matching the boiling conditions and he tossed away another break, but immediately hauled one back with a couple of searing returns.
Anderson’s ferocious serving kept the Brit at bay as he made him wait further for a milestone win.
In a dramatic start to the decider, both men dropped serve, but Murray merely raised his intensity and bellowed with delight when Anderson’s wayward forehand gifted another break.
On this occasion, Anderson had no answer and dumped his backhand into the net to send Murray into a meeting with Dominic Thiem, who beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-5.
Murray admitted that he was proud to become just the ninth active player to join the '500 Club'.
He told Sky Sports: "There's not a whole lot of people who've made it to 500 so it's quite nice to do that.
"I've put in a lot of hard yards and done a lot of work here. I hope it's not the last win and I hope there are a few more in my career.
"I have a certain number in mind before I finish my career and hopefully my body can hold up."