Andy Murray was pleased to be able to dictate the play against Lucas Pouille as he booked his spot in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.
The world number two, seeking to overhaul Novak Djokovic at the summit of the rankings, prevailed 6-3 6-0 against the home hope.
It stood in stark contrast to his battling triumph over Fernando Verdasco in the previous round, a match which lasted twice as long as Thursday's one-sided encounter.
"It's always difficult when you come to a new event with not long to prepare," Olympic champion Murray told Sky Sports.
"I returned well, I was hitting the ball cleaner from the back of the court and was able to dictate a few more points."
Despite having never been top of the rankings before, Murray insists he is not allowing his focus to be distracted by Djokovic's matches.
Murray will overtake the Serbian if he wins the tournament and the 12-time grand slam winner does not make the final.
He added: "You don't want to waste too much energy watching all of the matches and stressing over that.
"I can only control my own matches so I just try and relax and not concentrate too much on his matches. Then when I step on the court I try my best to get through.
"My goal obviously this year is to try and finish it as strong as possible and the best way to do it is to concentrate on myself."