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Murray making serene progress

Published 30/10/2008

Andy Murray moved effortlessly into the third round of the Paris Masters last night with a straight-sets victory over Sam Querrey.

The Scot continued his stunning form of late by storming to a 6-2 6-4 win, making it 13 wins on the trot since losing the US Open final to Roger Federer in early September.

Given his form here and over the previous fortnight - which has seen him win in Madrid and St Petersburg - Murray is rightly among the favourites in Bercy and he simply bewildered the American at times.

Querrey held serve in the opening game and broke for a 2-0 lead, but Murray is made of stern stuff these days and he refused to panic at the setback.

He fought back impressively to win the next six games on the spin in quick succession, Querrey imploding in front of a capacity crowd.

Querrey's faltering first serve, which plummeted to 42% by the end of the first set, was killing him and his luck never really turned.

Murray was not quite so dominant in the second set, but his wonderful flicked winner, when facing the wrong way in the second game thrilled the crowd and was a clear demonstration of his confidence.

The fourth seed grabbed the lead at 3-2 when Querrey double-faulted three times in one game and although he relinquished it in the eighth game, Murray broke back immediately.

Britain's number one then squandered three match points before eventually serving out and booking a date with Spain's Fernando Verdasco on Court One tomorrow afternoon which may be a tougher examination.

Murray admitted Querrey had caused him some problems in the second set but the Scot always appeared to be in control.

"You can get some easy service games because he's not the best at returning.

“But at 4-3 he hit some good forehands and got himself back in the match," Murray said afterwards.

"I tried to enjoy myself but I had to concentrate."

Murray beat Verdasco 6-0 6-3 on his way to successfully defending his title in St Petersburg last week but he is not taking the Spaniard lightly.

"I just need to try and stay focused," Murray added.

"Obviously, I've had a very good run but he's one of those players, if he plays his best tennis he can be very tough.

"But I've got a good record against him, I played well against him last week and I'll try to do the same tomorrow."

Earlier in the day world number one Roger Federer won his second round match against Swede Robin Soderling.

He came through in straight sets in the end but was made to work for the victory with the tie-break in the second set going to 9-7 after he had won the first set easily 6-4.

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