WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2013
Murray Cruises Into Cincinnati QFs
by ATP Staff|
Two-time champion Andy Murray cruised into the quarter-finals at the Western & Southern Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Thursday in Cincinnati. He will next face sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, whom he trails 4-5 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head.
Murray, who is looking to win his 10th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, recorded the victory in 69 minutes as capitalised on four of his five break points against the 36th-ranked Benneteau.
He needed just 70 minutes to get through his opener against Russian Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday, and said there were pros and cons to his routine victories.
"It's good, in some ways, you want to try and get off quickly because you need to play the next day, " he said. "But also, in 10 days' time, we're going to have to play best of five sets, so sometimes the long matches can kind of set you up for that well.
"Last week Wednesday and Thursday I played singles and doubles, so that helped a little bit with the fitness. In terms of winning this event, better to get off quick because you obviously have to play five days in a row if you want to win."
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The reigning US Open champion is playing in his second tournament of the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series. Last week, in his first appearance since his Wimbledon triumph, Murray had his 13-match winning streak snapped by Latvian Ernests Gulbis in the third round of the Coupe Rogers. He also teamed up with Colin Fleming to reach the doubles final (l. to Peya/Soares).
Berdych also raced through his third-round match Thursday, dismissing Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-0 in one hour. The 27-year-old Czech will be attempting to reach the Cincinnati semi-finals for a second time. He upset Roger Federer in the 2011 quarter-finals.