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Andy Murray is targeting the ATP World Tour finals

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray believes his second round win over Somdev Devvarman at the Shenzhen Open will stand him in good stead to reach the ATP World Tour finals.

The 27-year-old faces a battle to reach the showpiece event at the O2 Arena in London as he currently stands 11th in the Race rankings with only the top eight sure to qualify.

With every point counting Murray accepted a wild-card to compete in China and sailed into the quarter-finals in his first match since his US Open quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

Murray broke twice in the first set without reply and despite being broken in the second he converted both of his own break point opportunities to move through 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 21 minutes.

Murray said: "I thought I did pretty well.

"He (Devvarman) makes very few mistakes – he's a solid player and he moves well.

"It was very humid out there. It was good to have a tough workout like that."

In the quarter-finals Murray will play Slovakian world number 85 Lukas Lacko, who beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-4 7-6 (7-1).

Top seed David Ferrer suffered an upset as he was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Serbian qualifier Viktor Troicki. Troicki fired 13 aces on his way to victory in just 55 minutes.

Colombian sixth seed Santiago Giraldo ended the run of 18-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-3.

After Shenzhen, Murray is scheduled to play in Beijing and Shanghai before heading to the Paris Masters.

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