Murray through to last eight
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray made light work of Julien Benneteau to book his place in the quarter-finals of the ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
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The world number two, who bounced back from a surprise early exit in Montreal by beating Mikhail Youzhny in yesterday's second round, needed only an hour and 10 minutes to defeat 31-year-old Frenchman Benneteau 6-2 6-2.
The first set was a cruise for Scotland's Murray as three aces and a 75 per cent success rate on his return of serve put the former world number 15 firmly under the cosh.
Benneteau would show flashes of inspiration as the second set got under way but Murray - champion here in 2011 - was largely wise to his range of forehand shots and steadily ground down the Frenchman's resolve at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Murray's reward is a last-eight meeting with fifth seed Tomas Berdych.
Meanwhile Roger Federer overcame a slow start to defeat fellow veteran Tommy Haas.
Federer, a five-time winner of this Masters 1000 series event, prevailed 1-6 7-5 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes and will play either Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
Federer, who has struggled for form this year, was broken twice on the way to dropping the opening set in quick time and surrendered his delivery again early in the second set.
But the Swiss recovered just in time, breaking twice to pull the second set out of the fire and once more in the decider to improve his career record against German Haas to 12-3.
World number one Novak Djokovic had no such problems in his third-round encounter, brushing aside qualifier David Goffin 6-2 6-0 in 50 minutes.
"Even though the scoreline says it was quite straightforward, it's still it's never easy," Djokovic was quoted on the ATP World Tour's official website.
"You need to work for your wins and points. That was kind of the mindset I had today before I came to the court. I wanted to just play from the first to last point committed and just aggressive, and I did well."
Djokovic will take on John Isner in the last eight after the American saw off 12th seed Milos Raonis 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.
Seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Spain's Feliciano Lopez in three sets to book a quarter-final against Dimtry Tursunov, who claimed the scalp of third seed David Ferrer by a 6-2 6-4 scoreline.