Tennis

Murray side-steps Roddick

2011-11-10 14:54
Andy Murray (AP)

Paris - In-form Andy Murray made it 18 games unbeaten by beating Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-2 at Bercy Arena on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.

Murray had spoken of the importance of "getting inside" Roddick's mighty serve and he broke the American in the opening game, before securing a second break with a stinging cross-court forehand to go 5-2 up.

A similar stroke brought him the set and Roddick wilted in the second set, smashing his racquet into the ground at one stage, as his opponent closed out a straightforward 62-minute victory.

Murray, the second seed, will face either Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych or 11th-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic for a place in the last four.

World number one and top seed Novak Djokovic meets Serbian compatriot Viktor Troicki later on Thursday, while third seed Roger Federer - who has never reached the final at this event - takes on France's Richard Gasquet.

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