Andy Murray reaches last eight at China Open

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British number one Andy Murray has secured a place in the last eight of the China Open after overcoming opponent Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2 6-2.

The current world number ten has also boosted his chances to appear at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, in the season-ending finale in November.

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Only the world's top eight are awarded a place in the tournament so if Murray can win the China Open, it will increase the number of points he has and potentially climb him up the world rankings.

Straight sets

The 27-year-old outclassed his opponent ranked 35th from start to finish, breaking his serve five times and winning the match in just one hour and 19 minutes. 

The Briton will now face US Open champion Marin Cilic in the quarter finals, after the Croat disposed of Joao Sousa 6-3 6-3.

Murray raced into a 4-0 lead and saved two break points in the seventh game before closing out the set.

And the second set started the same as the first, Murray taking a 4-0 lead having produced a stunning forehand to break his opponent early on.

The Scot wrapped up a comfortable win, breaking Cuevas once more after the Croatian had broken back and briefly threatened a comeback.

Back to his best?

Murray now has 3,405 points, needing to overcome at least the eight and ninth seeds, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, who have 3,510 and 3,440 respectively if he has any chance of making it to the tour finals.

After the China Open, he has three more tournaments to try and gain more points - Beijing - 500 points (to the winner); Shanghai - 1,000 and Paris - 1,000.

After winning the Shenzhen Open on Sunday, Murray is looking for back-to-back titles. 

His tournament started off with a shaky start however, having to come from a set down to defeat Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in round one.

Difficult opponents

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov all still remain in the competition though, so winning it may be easier said than done for the 2012 Olympic gold medallist.

This is Nadal's first tournament since recovering from a wrist injury that kept him out of Wimbledon and despite not convincingly seeing off his opponents, he is still doing well enough to get through the rounds, so it's impossible to write him off.

The Spaniard faces Martin Klizan in the last eight.

Elsewhere, Dimitrov and Djokovic go head-to-head while Berdych faces USA's John Isner for a place in the semi-finals.

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