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Andy Murray is feeling sharp after return to winning ways

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray got his North American hard court season off to a solid start with 6-2 6-2 second-round win over Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios at the Rogers Cup as the Briton targeted his first final in more than a year.

In his first action since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon, Murray looked confident and sharp, disposing of his 19-year-old opponent in 54 minutes on a sunny centre court under the watchful eye of new coach Amelie Mauresmo.

"I thought I did most things pretty solid," Murray said.

"I didn't make too many errors. I moved well. High first-serve percentage.

"It was a solid match for a first game back after four and a half to five weeks."

After a difficult 12 months during which he underwent back surgery and a coaching change, Murray's performance provided a small boost heading towards the US Open and the year's final grand slam which begins on August 25 at Flushing Meadows.

Murray declared himself pain free but the battle now is to get back to full match fitness if he is to challenge for a third grand slam title.

"I started to feel good, actually, just before the French Open," explained the world number nine, who has not appeared in a final since lifting the Wimbledon title in 2013.

"My back felt fine throughout the French Open and through the grasscourt season.

"The only problem was that kind of before that I was able to practice but not sort of train off the court, do the stuff in the gym that makes you physically strong.

"So when I was coming up against the better players, I was just lacking a little bit. But after Wimbledon, I went over to Miami and I really trained like I used to for the first time since the surgery and I felt much better."

Meanwhile, British qualifier Heather Watson upset 12th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5).

Watson let a 5-2 lead slip away in the third set before rallying. The 22-year-old will face No. 11 Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

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