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Roger Federer equals Pete Sampras win record

Roger Federer
Federer has slipped below Novak Djokovic in the world rankings this season

World number three Roger Federer has equalled Pete Sampras' total of career singles victories.

Federer drew level with the seven-time Wimbledon champion on 762 wins by beating Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-3 in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Only six men have won more matches than Federer and Sampras with American Jimmy Connors leading the way on 1,242.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray's poor form continued as he and Novak Djokovic were beaten in the doubles in Miami.

The pair went down 5-7 6-3 10-8 to Sergiy Stakhovsky and Mikhail Youzhny in their last-32 clash.

The result was another setback for Murray, who was beaten 6-1 7-5 in the singles second-round by Alex Bogomolov Jr on Friday and has struggled since reaching the Australian Open final in January.

Federer won at Key Biscayne in 2005 and 2006 and needed only 62 minutes to dispose of Stepanek after taking all three of his chances to break and he now plays Spain's Juan Monaco in the third round.

"It's nice tying Pete, but he could have played for many more years," said Federer.

"He could still win some matches on tour now if he wanted to.

"It's a funny stat, but it shows how long I've been around and how much I've won around the world.

Despite some reservations over the slow surface, Federer was happy with how he performed.

"I was able to play solid and keep him moving and serve at a high first-serve percentage. All in all, I'm really pleased," said Federer.

"It is hard to put balls away, you have to really set it up perfectly. It reminds me slightly of clay in terms of how you can construct points. You have to really create the way you play the points."

Eighth seed Andy Roddick suffered an upset at the hands of Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, who won 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

Roddick was followed out by 10th seed Jurgen Melzer who was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Germany's Philipp Petzschner.

Meanwhile,Monaco survived the loss of a second-set tie-break to overpower Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-7 (3-7) 6-4.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mikhail Youzhny, seeded 15th and 13th respectively, both made it through unscathed.

Tsonga, who lost to Federer in the final in Rotterdam in February, prevailed 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 over Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili.

While Youzhny enjoyed more straightforward progress as he dispatched Yen-Hsun Lu 6-1 6-0.

Tsonga will face Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov next after the 22-year-old benefited from the retirement of Andreas Seppi while leading 6-1 5-3.

However there were other upsets to add to Melzer and Roddick's exits.

Cyprus' world number 24 Marcos Baghdatis fell victim to Belgian qualfier Olivier Rochus who made light of the 65 ranking places between the pair to win 6-2 4-6 6-4.

Spain's Feliciano Lopez ousted 26th seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-4 while Germany's Florian Mayer and Argentina's Carlos Berlocq claimed the scalps of 20th seed Albert Montanes and 28th seed Ernests Gulbis respectively.

In the third round of the women's draw, world number one Caroline Wozniacki secured a straight sets win over Daniela Hantuchova 6-1 7-6.

Australian fourth seed Samathan Stosur made it though to the fourth round by seeing off the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova 6-0 7-6 (7-1).

Stosur will take on three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova in the last eight after the Russian brushed aside Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-0.

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic made her way past 32nd seed Klara Zakopalova 7-5 6-1, while world number 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova suffered a 6-3 6-1 reverse against China's Shuai Peng.

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