Murray breezes past Kyrgios

  • Last Updated: August 7 2014, 8:00 BST

Andy Murray eased into the third round of the Rogers Cup with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Nick Kyrgios in Toronto.

Andy Murray says serving well and extra training were the key behind his win
Andy Murray says serving well and extra training were the key behind his win

The British No 1, playing his first match since losing in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, needed just 54 minutes to see off his hard-hitting Australian opponent.

Kyrgios memorably defeated Rafael Nadal at the All England Club and was viewed as a dangerous opening opponent, but the Australian teenager was far from his best and was guilty of a string of unforced errors.

Murray, who is seeded eighth for the tournament, will face 12th seed Richard Gasquet next after he beat Ivo Karlovic 5-7 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.

"(Kyrgios) has obviously got a lot of confidence with the way Wimbledon went and winning his first match here but I played to play with a lot of variety, which has always been my game really," Murray told Sky Sports after the match.

"I maybe went away from that a little bit at some points over the last year or so but that's when I play my best tennis and it worked well today."

Murray recently stated that he wanted to work with new coach Amelie Mauresmo for the long term, the former women's world No 1 having originally been brought onboard on a temporary agreement in June.

He added: "We work on all aspects of the game. I served well today - that was important - and I've worked extremely hard physically, by far the hardest I've worked since my (back) surgery and the hardest I've worked in the last couple of years.

"My legs are strong and I'm moving well around the court and that's a big positive for me."

Novak Djokovic also secured his place in the last eight but he was pushed all the way by talented Frenchman Gael Monfils, eventually winning 6-2 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/2).

The top seed looked to be on the cusp of an easy win himself after a dominant opening set, but Monfils steadied the ship and then turned the tide with an audacious half-volley drop shot late in the second set.

The delightful winner, hit while the Frenchman looked the other way, had everyone in the stadium fooled and created momentum that saw him home in the second-set tie-break.

Monfils then looked to have cherry-picked the perfect moment to break Djokovic for the first time to go 3-1 up in the decider, but the world number one dug in to maintain his 100 per cent record against the Frenchman.

Fifth seed David Ferrer made hard work of American qualifier Michael Russell, but he eventually came through 6-4 2-6 6-1 to book a third round match-up with Croatian Ivan Dodig, who beat Andreas Seppi 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7/5).

The winner of that clash will face either Marin Cilic or Roger Federer after Cilic beat Malek Jaziri to meet the world number three.

There were also wins for Julien Benneteau over Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7/4) 6-3, Kevin Anderson over Fabio Fognini 7-5 6-2, Grigor Dimitrov over Donald Young 4-6 6-2 6-3 and Tommy Robredo over Gilles Simon 7-5 6-4.

Tomas Berdych, the Czech fourth seed, had to battle back from a set down to defeat Lu Yen-hsun 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-4, as did Milos Raonic, the sixth seed from Canada, who saw off Jack Sock 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/4)

Elsewhere, Feliciano Lopez beat Tim Smyczek 7-5 6-4.