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Delighted Andy Murray serves up a classy display to march ahead in Madrid

By Robert Jones

Andy Murray was particularly pleased with his serve after easing into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open with a straight-sets win over Gilles Simon.

The world number two, attempting to retain the clay-court title he won last year, ran out a comfortable 6-4 6-2 winner to set up a clash with Tomas Berdych who beat David Ferrer 7-6 7-5.

"It was good. At the beginning of the match I didn't return that well, but after that I started to get some rhythm on my return and I was able to dictate a lot of points," said the Scot.

"I served well and he wasn't able to put pressure on my serve.

"He's a tricky player, he lulls you into a false sense of security and dictating the points is not easy."

The opening set went with serve until the 10th game, when a stunning cross-court pass from the tightest of angles at 30-15 rattled the Frenchman and Murray duly broke to take the set.

A lengthy delay in proceedings while a spectator received medical attention failed to knock Murray off his stride and another break sealed a routine victory.

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