Andy Murray's revival in form continued today with a clinical and powerful 6-2, 6-1 display over the Romanian Victor Hanescu.
The two had only met once before, at the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters where Murray ran out an easy winner. In normal circumstances the same result could be expected again but Murray's atrocious recent form added extra spice to the matchup.
From the very start the Scot found the range on his ground-strokes. For the first five games Hanescu was able to respond in kind, but Murray's consistency and variety began to tell and an unforced error from the Romanian yielded the first break in the sixth game. An easy service hold later and Hanescu was serving to stay in the set. He duly crumbled.
Murray broke at the first time of asking in the second set, and from there it was one way traffic. Hanescu offered up a feast of unforced errors and ridiculous dropshots and Murray cruised to victory.
The one sided scoreline is a fair reflection of a match Murray dominated with a mixture of impenetrable defence and scintillating power play. A tougher test awaits in the Quarter Final, where it looks likely Murray will meet David Ferrer again. The winner will be impossible to pick.Murray's comments
It was good performance. Hanescu is not an out-and-out clay court player so it was a different match than you normally get, but I felt comfortable. I know that against the clay courters I'll have to play more aggressively and will have to improve, but in general I feel a lot better on the court."