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Murray eases through in Montreal

Murray has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon in early July
Murray had not played a competitive match since Wimbledon in early July

Andy Murray eased past Jeremy Chardy on his return to action to reach the third round of the Montreal Masters.

Playing for the first time since Wimbledon, the Scot always looked in control, beating the Frenchman 6-4 6-2.

Murray broke Chardy in the first game of the match and never looked troubled as the opening set went with serve.

The third seed broke again in the first game of the second set and continued his dominance to book a date with Gael Monfils or Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Having not played a competitive match since his Wimbledon semi-final defeat by Andy Roddick in July, it was a satisfactory comeback for Murray as he launched his hard-court season.

"I shanked a few returns," he said afterwards. "I'm hoping that will get better with a few matches.

I retrieved well, tried to keep the ball low over the net and he made a few more errors than I did. It's just match sharpness that I need to work on. Overall, I'm pleased with the state of my game right now."


The British number one, stepping up his preparation for the US Open which starts on 31 August, served consistently against his opponent who looked slightly overwhelmed on the Central Court.

Despite only breaking Chardy's serve once in the first set, Murray never looked in any danger as his opponent made a string of unforced errors.

Murray, who has been on a two-week training camp in Miami prior to the tournament, looked fit and in form despite lacking a cutting edge as he missed three more break points in the first set.

The world number three threatened to run away with the second set as he immediately broke Chardy's serve before holding his own.

A second break from Murray in the seventh game put the Scot in position to win the match which, after Chardy had taken him to deuce, he duly served out.

Murray could go into the US Open ranked second in the world if he manages to win the tournament in Montreal.

He could also improve his ranking if he reaches the semi-finals in Canada and current number two Rafael Nadal loses in the second or third round, or if Murray features in the final and the Spaniard does not.

Calculations also show Murray could move up if Roger Federer advances further than Nadal this week, but the Scot insists he is not overly concerned about the rankings.

"I obviously want to try to improve my ranking as much as possible and when I have got the opportunity I would love to do it.

"But it is in the back of my mind and I am not focusing on it too much. I am just trying to play good tennis.

"Rafa's missed quite a bit of tennis and if I get the opportunity [to move up] I would like to try to maintain it, and not just stay there for a couple of weeks."

Meanwhile, Federer needed a tie-break to win the first set of his second-round match against Frederic Niemeyer after receiving a first-round bye, but eventually triumphed 7-6 (7-3) 6-4).

The world number one, making his first appearance since winning the men's singles at Wimbledon and subsequently becoming a father for the first time, sent down 16 aces against the Canadian, who is ranked 487th in the world.

World number four Novak Djokovic beat another Canadian, Peter Polansky, in his second round match 6-4 7-6 (8-6).

The Serbian was pushed hard by the home favourite who forced him into a second-set tie-break with a gutsy performance.

But it was Djokovic's serve which did the damage when it mattered to take him through to the third round.

In the day's first-round matches Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-4.

Hewitt, who missed last year's Rogers Cup because of hip surgery, said a leg injury had restricted his movement during the match but he hopes to be back on form before the US Open at the end of the month.

"In the back of my mind, I didn't want to do any more damage to my leg, either, obviously before going into another Masters Series next week but more the US Open in a couple week's time," said Hewitt

Elsewhere eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko won his second-round match against Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets, but did not have things all his own way as he was taken to two tie-breaks before the Russian ground out a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) victory.

Meanwhile, Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated American Alex Bogomolov 6-4 6-2, and Romanian Victor Hanescu beat Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-4 6-3.

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Profile: Andy Murray
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