Murray marches on with Pouille triumph
Andy Murray overcame home hope Lucas Pouille in straight sets to reach the last eight of the Paris Masters on Thursday.
The Briton, who could become world number one for the first time in France, recorded a 6-3 6-0 triumph to continue his stunning recent form.
With his rankings rival Novak Djokovic having already made it through to the quarter-finals, Murray initially looked to be up against it.
He was taken the distance by Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday and had to save two break points in the opening game against Pouille.
But he immediately made the Frenchman pay, breaking at the first opportunity after Pouille double faulted at 30-0 up.
Murray then held to love as the Briton quickly got into his stride, producing measured returns and clinical winners off both wings.
However, Pouille was showing great variety and disrupted his opponent's flow by capitalising on a sloppy service game, clinching it with a precise punch down the line.
It proved a mere blip for Murray, though, as he came out swinging and won the next two games to seal the set.
Pouille, an intermittent threat in the opening set, faded in the second, immediately surrendering another break as Murray's ability to dictate rallies, combined with his deft movement, proved too much for the 22-year-old.
That early break laid the foundation for a straightforward route to the quarters for Murray, where he will face seventh seed Tomas Berdych or Pouille's compatriot Gilles Simon.