'Fiery' Djokovic labours to reach Miami q-final
A DESPERATE Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and a break down to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-0 on Tuesday, salvaging hopes of defending his Miami Open title.
World No. 1 Djokovic won 24 of the last 27 points to reach the quarter-final against Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer, a 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 winner over Frenchman Gilles Simon at the ATP and WTA hardcourt tournament.
Ukraine challenger Dolgopolov was unable to stretch his lead to a double break in the second set, with Djokovic saving two break points in the fourth game.
"I was really frustrated," Djokovic said. "I was trying to calm myself down, because inside there was a big fire. You could see a little bit of that in the first set.
"Just try to get to the state of mind where I have a serene, controlled mind and emotions and where I'm able to just be in the present moment. That's where I was focusing on."
The Serbian top seed turned the match on its head in a 22-minute final set in which he could do no wrong, sustaining his chance for a United States double after his Indian Wells final victory over Roger Federer.
Britain's Andy Murray won his 500th career victory, defeating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
The third-seeded Scotsman, who holds two Grand Slam titles, needed his best effort against his 17th-ranked rival.
Murray, who has won four of five matches against Anderson, improved his career match record to 500 triumphs and 155 defeats, with 31 titles including the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon crowns.
"I hope I've still got a lot more wins in me," Murray said. "To get to 500 is good. It's not an easy thing to do at my age. It's nice. Hopefully I can keep going." Murray is the first British man, the ninth active player and the 46th man in the post-1968 Open Era to achieve the 500-win plateau.
Next up for Murray will be Austrian Dominic Thiem, who defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5.
In the women's section, Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came back from a dreadful first set to defeat three-time Miami Open champion Venus Williams 0-6, 6-1, 7-5 and set up a semi-final clash with Germany's ninth seed Andrea Petkovic.
Petkovic booked her place in the last four after a 6-4 ,6-2 win over 14th-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS