Andy Murray handed walkover

  • Last Updated: October 10 2012, 11:36 BST

Andy Murray was handed a walkover into the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters when scheduled opponent Florian Mayer withdrew.

Andy Murray: Into the last 16 without hitting a ball

The German cited a rib injury as the reason, tournament organisers said on Wednesday.

Murray, who as third seed received a first-round bye, will now meet Alexandr Dolgopolov for a place in the quarter-finals. The Ukrainian beat Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4.

The US Open champion has won in Shanghai in each of the past two seasons but faces tough opposition for the title this year in the form of Roger Federer - his scheduled semi-final foe - and Novak Djokovic.

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