Pouille no match for Murray in Shanghai


Andy Murray advanced to the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals after brushing aside Lucas Pouille in straight sets on Thursday.

Murray, seeded second for the ATP 1000 event in China, won 6-1 6-3 to reach the last eight with ease, having previously seen off Steve Johnson in the second round.

The world number two is now just three matches away from winning the tournament for a third time, having triumphed in 2010 and 2011.

Murray took the first set in ruthless fashion to set the tone for the match, pushing 13th seed Pouille off the court and back behind the baseline with deep, accurate rally balls. And when he came to the net, the 22-year-old found himself exposed to the precision of the Scot's lobs and passing shots. 

Errors from Pouille saw the Frenchman broken twice while being unable to make any inroads into the Murray serve and he was not able to hold until the sixth game of the opener.

That proved to be a mere stay of execution, Murray wrapping up the set in the next game with an inch-perfect off-forehand winner down the line. 

After being broken again in the first game of the second set, an improved display on serve from Pouille saw him hold three times.

But Murray, who did not offer so much as a single break point opportunity throughout the match, kept the pressure on, forcing a decisive last break of serve with two brilliant forehand winners in quick succession in the final game.