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In-form Murray races past Ferrero

Andy Murray
Murray beat Ferrero in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last month

Britain's Andy Murray produced a blistering display to defeat Juan Carlos Ferrero and reach the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters.

The world number three hit top form from the outset in fiercely hot conditions, racing to a 6-1 6-3 win.

Murray had far too much pace and power for Ferrero, sealing a third win over the Spaniard in two months following victories at Queen's and Wimbledon.

He next faces Nikolay Davydenko, who beat Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7-2) 7-5.

"I feel like I'm off to a good start," said Murray. "I'm moving really well. Physically it's still tough but mentally I'm a lot fresher."

Also in the Scot's side of the draw is Roger Federer, playing his first event since claiming a record 15th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last month, who had few problems in seeing off Olympic doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 7-6.

The Swiss world number one will next face France's seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who beat compatriot Giles Simon 6-3 6-3.

Murray happy with serving form

And for the first time at an ATP event, the world's top eight players have all made it to the quarter-finals.

"It's definitely a special occasion," said Federer. "It just shows the top guys now are really consistent and they're showing up at the big events. It's nice it finally happened."

Defending champion Rafael Nadal showed no sign of the knee problems that forced him out for two months as he saw off Germany's Philipp Petzschner 6-3 6-2 in his first full match since the French Open.

"A little better, the movement was a little better," said Nadal afterwards. "I am happy because I am in the quarter-finals and it is more than I expected when I came here."

Nadal next faces sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro, who endured a few problems in beating Victor Hanescu 3-6 6-3 6-4, the Argentine requiring treatment on his right shoulder.

I played really well and when I needed to came up with some big first serves

Andy Murray

Fourth seed Novak Djokovic had a comfortable 6-3 6-4 win over Mikhail Youzhny.

The Serbian goes on to face fifth seed Andy Roddick, who came through a titanic match against Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) despite failing to serve out from 40-0 at 6-5 in the decider.

"He wouldn't go away," said Roddick. "To be honest I was probably at his mercy in most of those baseline rallies. I just stuck around."

Murray was in aggressive mood against the rejuvenated Ferrero, who has been in great form recently and beat Gael Monfils in Montreal on Wednesday.

The Spaniard found Murray a far tougher proposition, with the 22-year-old dominating from the back of the court and finding winners off both sides.

An immediate break took Murray to 3-0 and he all but wrapped up the set with another in game six, taking it with a big off-forehand into the corner.


There was no respite for Ferrero at the start of the second set as Murray clambered all over his serve, converting his second break point when the Spaniard faltered in a lengthy baseline exchange.

The Briton was untroubled on his own serve as he eased towards the finish line and he set up his first match point with a brilliant rally that dragged Ferrero all over the court before clipping a backhand winner down the line.

That chance went begging but Murray created a second match point with another stinging backhand and wrapped up victory in one hour 17 minutes with a heavy forehand.

"It was very good, he's a very tough player," said Murray. "I played really well and when I needed to came up with some big first serves.

"I'm hitting the ball really well from the back of the court."

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see also
Murray v Ferrero as it happened
13 Aug 09 |  Tennis
Nadal enjoys quick singles return
13 Aug 09 |  Tennis
Murray eases through in Montreal
11 Aug 09 |  Tennis
Fit-again Nadal in winning return
11 Aug 09 |  Tennis

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