Thursday, 13 August 2009

In-form Murray races past Ferrero

Britain's Andy Murray produced a blistering display to defeat Juan Carlos Ferrero and reach the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters.
The world number three hit top form from the outset in fiercely hot conditions, racing to a 6-1 6-3 win.
Murray had far too much pace and power for Ferrero, sealing a third win over the Spaniard in two months following victories at Queen's and Wimbledon.
The Scot will face Fernando Gonzalez or Nikolay Davydenko in the last eight.
Murray's side of the draw will be completed by the late matches between Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, and Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Fourth seed Novak Djokovic had a comfortable 6-3 6-4 win over Mikhail Youzhny, while sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro endured a few more problems in beating Victor Hanescu 3-6 6-3 6-4, the Argentine requiring treatment on his right shoulder.
I played really well and when I needed to came up with some big first serves
Andy Murray
Djokovic goes on to face fifth seed Andy Roddick, who came through a titanic match against Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) despite failing to serve out from 40-0 at 6-5 in the decider.
Murray was in aggressive mood against the rejuvenated Ferrero, who has been in great form recently and beat Gael Monfils in Montreal on Wednesday.
The Spaniard found Murray a far tougher proposition, with the 22-year-old dominating from the back of the court and finding winners off both sides.
An immediate break took Murray to 3-0 and he all but wrapped up the set with another in game six, taking it with a big off-forehand into the corner.
There was no respite for Ferrero at the start of the second set as Murray clambered all over his serve, converting his second break point when the Spaniard faltered in a lengthy baseline exchange.
The Briton was untroubled on his own serve as he eased towards the finish line and he set up his first match point with a brilliant rally that dragged Ferrero all over the court before clipping a backhand winner down the line.
That chance went begging but Murray created a second match point with another stinging backhand and wrapped up victory in one hour 17 minutes with a heavy forehand.
"It was very good, he's a very tough player," said Murray. "I played really well and when I needed to came up with some big first serves.
"I'm hitting the ball really well from the back of the court."

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