ANDY MURRAY had to fight for the right to call himself the first Briton to reach the landmark of 500 career wins, taking all three sets to defeat Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open last eight.
The third seed Murray needed all three sets to take out South Africa’s Anderson, seeded 15, winning 6-4 3-6 6-3.
Murray took control of the first set like a man possessed, breaking Anderson’s serve in the first game and attacking even the most challenging of shots to stay ahead throughout the set. The second set witnessed a reversal of energy as Anderson managed to pull ahead 4-0, until Murray found his second wind and clawed the score back to a respectable 3-6.
Breaking the serve early in the third was evidence that Murray was on a mission. He didn’t look back from that point to leave a tired Anderson 6-3 down, and out.
Murray becomes the 46th man to reach 500 wins since the open era began. Of those, only nine are still playing. However, he still has quite a way to go to reach Jimmy Connors’ record, who retired in 1996 with the most career wins of all time, a staggering 1,253.