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Federer slumps to a shock exit as Murray cruises on

By Eleanor Crooks

Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is out of the Dubai Duty Free Championships after suffering a second-round loss to Russia's Evgeny Donskoy yesterday.

Swiss ace Federer won January's Australian Open but was beaten 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5) by World No.116 Donskoy in two hours and two minutes.

Federer appeared to be cruising in winning the first set in 24 minutes but Donskoy overturned three match points in the second set.

And Federer relinquished a 5-1 lead in the third set tie-break to exit.

World No. 1 Andy Murray cruised through to the third round, meanwhile, with a swift victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The Spaniard had won their last meeting in Indian Wells five years ago but there was no sniff of an upset here as Murray eased to a 6-2 6-0 victory to set up a clash with German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Murray played himself into form during his opening win over Malek Jaziri - his first singles match for five weeks.

And he was on top of his game from the off against 97th-ranked Garcia-Lopez, striking the ball with great authority and pushing his opponent well behind the baseline.

Garcia-Lopez won fewer than half the points on his own serve and his only break point came in the opening game, which Murray saved with a confident backhand winner.

The Scot finished the match, which lasted just an hour and 12 minutes, with a run of eight successive games.

He is likely to find things tougher in the quarter-finals against Kohlschreiber, who has won only one of their five previous matches.

Fourth seed Gael Monfils of France beat Britain's Dan Evans 6-4 3-6 6-1, but fifth seed Tomas Berdych is out.

Czech Berdych was beaten 3-6 6-3 6-4 by Robin Haase of Holland.

Fernando Verdasco of Spain beat compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 3-6 7-5.

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