Andy Murray recorded his 100th indoor win after easing past Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open.
It was an impressive display of consistency and controlled aggression from the British number one, who was firmly in control of the match from the opening stages. Serving very well himself, he was able to frequently attack Fognini's second serve to put the 27-year-old Italian under pressure.
Murray got off to a flying start, playing more consistently in the long rallies and getting an immediate break as the unpredictable Italian double-faulted.
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Fognini saved three break points at 2-0, but a skillful passing shot on the run from a determined Murray secured another break point. With the pressure mounting on the world number 19, he fired a forehand wide to go down a double break.
Although the Italian finally got a game on the board after 19 minutes, the British number one had all the momentum and was easing through his service games. Fognini saved a set point at 1-5 down with a well-timed volley but Murray went on to serve out the set without difficulty.
The second set was a similar story, Murray managing his serve well while making plenty of inroads on return. Early in the set, Fognini saved a break point after cutting out his errors to win a long rally, holding to 2-1.
Although the Italian number one had chances in the fourth game, an error-strewn display in the next game proved costly, and he soon found himself facing three break points. Although he saved the first, a netted backhand gave Murray a 3-2 lead.
With an increasingly frustrated Fognini lacking patience in the rallies, Murray eased through his service games. The Brit closed out the 1 hour 12 minute encounter as Fognini's backhand drifted long.
Murray will play world number 17 Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals, who received a walkover today after Martin Klizan was forced to withdraw injured.