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Djokovic, Nadal through to Miami quarters

March 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

MIAMI, March 27 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and second-seeded Rafael Nadal each advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open with Tuesday victories.

Djokovic, a two-time Miami winner and the event's defending champion pushed past 17th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3, improving to 17-2 this year.

Meanwhile, Nadal -- who lost to the Serbian star in last year's final -- made the quarterfinal round with a straight-set win over Japan's Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 6-4.

The former world No. 1 racked up four service breaks compared with only two for the Japanese.

Nadal, a 10-time major champion, has been the runner-up at Miami three times and is still seeking his first title at the event, as well as his first overall since last year's French Open.

Also Tuesday, No. 4 seed Andy Murray notched a 6-3, 6-4 win over 13th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon. He will next meet Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, who bested Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

American Mardy Fish gained the quarters as well. The eighth seed recorded a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 victory over 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain.

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