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Happy Murray now facing French test in Miami.

Andy Murray gave himself a clean bill of health after easing into the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Murray comfortably won the opening set 6-3 against American Robert Kendrick, who gained entry into the tournament as a lucky loser after Lleyton Hewitt pulled out with a back injury.

The British No 1 broke his opponent to go 2-1 up in the second set and quickly closed out victory in just over an hour.

Murray was pleased with his fitness after injuries contributed to his semi-final defeat in Indian Wells last week.

"I felt pretty good today," Murray said. "Last week I was moving pretty well but hurt myself against (Tommy) Haas and felt pretty bruised the next morning. I felt pretty fragile.

"In my first match here (against American Paul Goldstein) I was not moving so well, I was a bit nervous how my ankle and hip were going to be but I felt much better today."

The windy conditions in south Florida did not seem to affect Murray too much but he admitted he had adapted his game slightly to cope with them ( and that paid off with the straightforward victory.

He said: "I served pretty consistently.

"I felt when I was in the point I would be more consistent. It is important to keep a good head in this weather because you can hit some really bad shots you would not really hit."

He will face Paul-Henri Mathieu in the next round after the Frenchman beat fifth seed and Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

"Mathieu, when he plays well, can be one of the best players in the world." said Murray.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2007
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