Result: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in straight sets

Novak Djokovic of Serbia acknowledges the fans following his victory over Victor Hanescu of Romania during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 9, 2014
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic knocks defending champion Andy Murray out of the Miami Masters in straight sets in the quarter-finals.

Andy Murray has been beaten in straight sets in the quarter-finals at the Miami Masters, losing 7-5 6-3 to Novak Djokovic.

There was little between the two players in the opening set as they shared the opening 10 games, although the British number one did have a chance to break at 4-4.

It looked like the set would be heading to a tie-break, but a brief lapse of concentration by the defending champion allowed the world number two to seal the opener with a break.

The Wimbledon champion looked to have made a bright start in the second as he got the better of Djokovic's serve early on, but the Serb quickly levelled.

Murray, who has been struggling to return to full fitness since undergoing back surgery towards the end of 2013, could not keep up with his opponent late on, allowing Djokovic to clinch another break and swiftly wrap up the second, ensuring that the Brit will drop to eighth in the world rankings next week.

Djokovic will face either Kei Nishikori or Roger Federer in the last four.

Andy Murray celebrates his victory over Feliciano Lopez during their Australian Open third round match on January 18, 2014
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060