Andy Murray avoided a fourth straight defeat with a superb 6-2 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi at the Rome Masters.
The British number one, 22, outplayed his Italian opponent in every department, breaking him in the first and fifth game of the first set.
The Scot then broke Seppi, 26, again in the first game of the second set as he eased to a comprehensive victory.
Murray will now face Spain's 13th seed David Ferrer or another Italian, Potito Starace, in the third round.
Murray looked lethargic during his defeat to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo a fortnight ago - his third successive loss on the ATP Tour - but was in sprightly mood against Seppi after working on his fitness in Barcelona last week.
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