World number three Andy Murray moved on to the Sony Open Tennis semifinals in Miami after a 6-4, 6-3 win over Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3. For a place in the finals, Murray will meet the number eighth seed, Richard Gasquet, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over the number four seed Tomas Berdych in the semis.
Murray improved to 8-1 against Cilic to reach his 20th semifinal at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Murray has appeared in the Sony Open twice, beating Novak Djokovic in 2009 and finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2012. With a win in the finals, Murray will overtake Roger Federer as world number two in the ATP Men's Singles Rankings.
“It was a tough, tough match," said Murray. "The second set especially was a lot of long, long games and tough points. I just managed to come through that. Obviously, it took a while to get to the finish line, but I thought I played a solid match, [with] not too many errors and was [I] tough in the important moments.”
Gasquet, with his win, improved to 5-3 against Berdych in their head-to-head series. Gasquet is 3-4 versus Murray head-to-head.