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Both win their matches in straight sets beating Karlovic and Chardy respectively

Miami Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic opened in straightset wins Friday at the WTA and ATP Miami Masters while Andy Murray rallied to win his first match since splitting with coach Ivan Lendl.

Five days after facing off in the Indian Wells final, Federer and Djokovic produced solid triumphs to reach the third round after first- round byes.

Two- time Miami champion Federer played steady, controlled tennis for a 6- 4, 7- 6 ( 7/ 4) victory over Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

Serbian second seed Djokovic, winner of the Indian Wells trophy over his Swiss rival last weekend, eased past Jeremy Chardy, 6- 4, 6- 3. Britain’s Murray broke the last six service games of Australian Matthew Ebden for a 3- 6, 6- 0, 6- 1 triumph to advance.

The sixth- seeded Scotsman lost his way in the opening set after missing on several chances but quickly recovered poise over the remainder of a late evening.The defending champion, who trains nearby, will next face Spain’s Feliciano Lopez after ending with 28 winners and 33 unforced errors.

” I had a poor start but this is a good win to get,” Murray said. ” I have a lot to work on in my game but I’m glad to get through.” Murray also said he will wait until after next month’s Davis Cup tie to decide about a new coach.

” I will take my time on that decision,” Murray said. ” After Davis Cup, I have a month without tournaments so I can give it some thought.” France’s Chardy delayed the inevitable ahead of the final game against Djokovic, taking a medical timeout after hobbling to a courtside entry tunnel with an ankle problem.

As Djokovic fidgeted with practice serves, Chardy returned to take his medicine, with the three- time champion Serb advancing with three aces in the concluding game.

” He twisted his ankle,” Djokovic said. ” I talked with him after the match. He’s still in physio room, so he says it’s not as bad as he thought. But I wish him recovery.” Fifth seed Federer, now 11- 1 all- time against Karlovic, was impeccable in the opening set, losing his only point on serve as he stood 5- 4, 40- 0 moments before serving out the opener.

A winning tie- break in the second finally made the difference for Federer, now 42- 12 in Miami with titles in 2005 and 2006. ” I made sure I had a lot of first serves in, made sure I stayed aggressive from the baseline,” said the Swiss. ” I think it worked really well, hardly any unforced errors.AFP MIAMI OPEN Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point against Ivo Carlovic of Croatia ( L) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against Jeremy Chardy of France.