Paris Masters - Murray cruises past Chardy

Wed, 09 Nov 12:58:00 2011

Second seed Andy Murray started his Paris Masters campaign in ruthless fashion with the Briton easing past France's Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-4 to reach the third round.

TENNIS Andy Murray during his Paris Masters third-round win over Jeremy Chardy - 0

World number three Murray, who withdrew from the Basel tournament last week because of injury, had little difficulty with Chardy.

He raced into a 4-0 lead in the opening set then broke in the fifth game of the second set, in which he was only brought to deuce once.

Chardy, ranked outside the top 100 after a slump but a top-50 player on his day, tried to peg Murray back in that set with his strong serve and crisp volleying, but the British number one had too much for the French wildcard and he secured a 17th consecutive win.

"I felt OK, I felt maybe my legs were not as strong and I did not move as well as I can do," Murray said afterwards.

"But I played pretty well for the most part. I played a relatively solid match and you need to do that against him."

The Scot next faces 13th seed Andy Roddick.

Murray completed a stunning hat-trick of titles in as many weeks on the Asian swing of the ATP tour after winning the Shanghai Masters on October 16.

He also won in Bangkok and Tokyo, winning a total of five ATP titles - including two Masters Series crowns - so far this season.

Eurosport / Reuters

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