Miami Masters 2013: Murray says court familiarity helped against Tomic

Miami Masters 2013: Andy Murray says his experience of the Miami courts was a "real benefit" in a 6-3 6-1 victory over Bernard Tomic

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Andy Murray is aiming to win his second Sony Open title Photo: Marianne Bevis

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Andy Murray believes his experience of the Miami courts was a crucial factor in his 6-3 6-1 third-round victory over Bernard Tomic at the Sony Open on Saturday.

The US Open champion was in impressive form against the up-and-coming Australian, taking just 56 minutes to beat the 20-year-old and move into the third round.

“After a few hard weeks out in the desert of California it’s great to finally be back here in Miami,” Murray wrote on his website.

“I got off to a good start in the Miami Open on Saturday. Bernard can often be a difficult opponent to face, and he has beaten a lot of great players.

“I think yesterday my experience on the courts (they feel like a second home!) was a real benefit, which is what I think gave me the edge over Bernard on the day, I was just pleased to get the job done in straight sets.”

Third seed Murray, who is bidding to win a second Sony Open title, says he is looking forward to his third-round match against Russia’s Grigor Dimitrov.

“I’m looking forward to my next match with Grigor Dimitrov, we have played each other a few times, and they are always good matches,” he added.

“As long as I stick to my own game plan and continue to make my opponents work hard I’m confident I can put in a really solid performance at Crandon Park. Might see if I can jump in on the ‘heat wave!’”

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