ATP Sony Open: Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday live on Sky Sports
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 25/03/14 10:16pm
Andy Murray: Facing Tsonga test in Miami
Defending champion Andy Murray faces Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the first time in 2014 on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals of the Sony Open in Miami.
Murray made smooth progress into the fourth round by extending his unbeaten run over Feliciano Lopez with a comfortable straight sets win, and he faces another man who he holds a strong record against in the next round.
Tsonga had to battle back from a set down to beat Marcos Baghdatis in his last match, as he managed to somehow escape from being 1-5 down in the second set to eventually prevail.
And he now faces world No 6 Murray, who is 8-1 against the Frenchman and has not lost to him since way back at the 2008 Australian Open.
Murray has had some mixed form this year as he recovers from back surgery at the end of 2013, with a last 16 defeat to Canadian Milos Raonic a bit of an upset at Indian Wells in his last tournament.
Miami is a home-from-home for Murray though as he trains in South Florida over the winter and as defending champion the British No 1 is again feeling those home comforts.
The Wimbledon champion will be looking for a big performance against the big-hitting Frenchman to get his year back on track after his shaky start.
Murray is second up on the Stadium Court in Miami in the afternoon session, following Maria Sharapova's clash with Petra Kvitova in the women's draw.
A bumper night of action on Sky Sports 3 will see a resurgent Roger Federer face Richard Gasquet straight after Murray's match, with the 17-time Grand Slam champion looking something like his best this year.
Federer pushed Novak Djokovic all the way in the final at Indian Wells last time out, and will be looking to go one step further to continue his resurgence after reaping the rewards of all his hard work during the off-season.