Mur­ray beats John­son in China

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Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray had a com­fort­able 6-2, 6-4 vic­tory over Steve John­son in his open­ing Shang­hai Mas­ters match. The world num­ber two dropped serve in the first game of the match but was rarely trou­bled by the Amer­i­can in his first out­ing since GB’s Davis Cup semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Aus­tralia on 20 Septem­ber.

Mur­ray, 28, said: “I played well, moved well and it was a good start for me.”

He will face another Amer­i­can, John Is­ner, in the third round.

Is­ner’s 6-3 7-6 (7-5) vic­tory over Bel­gian David Gof­fin pre­vented a dress-re­hearsal meet­ing be­tween the world num­ber 16 and Mur­ray be­fore next month’s Davis Cup fi­nal.

World num­ber one Novak Djokovic also reached round three, beat­ing Slo­vakia’s Martin Kl­izan 6-2, 6-1.

Look­ing ahead to fac­ing Is­ner, Mur­ray told Sky Sports: “I think he quite likes the con­di­tions here be­cause it’s quick and he’s a tough guy to play against.”

Af­ter start­ing slowly against John­son, Mur­ray broke the Amer­i­can’s serve three times to claim the first set.

The Scot en­coun­tered greater re­sis­tance in the sec­ond set and two dou­ble faults in a row helped gift John­son two break points at 3-3. But a pre­cise drop volley al­lowed Mur­ray to see off the dan­ger.

With John­son serv­ing at 4-5, a lob set up three match points and Mur­ray clinched it at the sec­ond op­por­tu­nity when the Amer­i­can sent a fore­hand long af­ter one hour and 16 min­utes.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (R) of Real Madrid du­els for the ball with Ger­ard Pique of FC Barcelona dur­ing the La Liga match at the Es­ta­dio San­ti­ago Bern­abeu on April 10, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.

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