• Cincinnati Masters

Murray brushes aside Querrey

ESPN staff
August 15, 2012
Andy Murray had too much firepower for Sam Querrey © PA Photos

Andy Murray made an encouraging start to the defence of his Cincinnati Masters title, proving too strong for American wildcard Sam Querrey in a routine 6-2 6-4 victory.

Murray claimed the "biggest win" of his career to win Olympic gold at London 2012, before a knee injury forced him to pull out during last week's Rogers Cup in Toronto.

However, the Scot showed no signs of distress as he outclassed his American opponent at the Western & Southern Open, breaking three times in a 75-minute triumph.

It was Murray's relentless aggression that was the key to his win over Federer in the Olympic final, but, on Wednesday, his brilliance in defence proved to be his main weapon. After sharing the opening four games, Murray turned the screw and he did not look back after breaking his opponent.

Querrey attempted to overpower Murray from the back of the court but errors began to creep into his game as the Scot forced him to play an extra ball. Another break of serve led to Murray wrapping up the first set in a little over half an hour.

It was more of the same at the start of the second as Murray broke to maintain his grip on the match. Querrey refused to lie down, however, and momentarily had the four-time grand slam runner-up in trouble during the Brit's penultimate service game.

Two crunching forehands helped Murray stave off the threat, leaving him to comfortably serve out the match to set up a last-16 clash with France's Jeremy Chardy, who downed Denis Istomin in straight sets.

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