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Andy Murray through to second round of Shanghai Masters

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British number one Andy Murray is through to the second round of the Shanghai Masters after a straight sets 6-1 7-5 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili.

He breezed through the first set with ease, before encountering a couple of troubles in the second set - numerous forehand errors allowing his opponent to stage a fight-back.

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World number 11, Murray, won the match in 88 minutes but towards the end was getting very frustrated with the grunting the Russian was making, putting him off his returning shots.

Hoping for better

The 27-year-old will now face Jerzy Janowicz, his first round opponent at the China Open, in round two.

In that game, Murray struggled against the Pole, losing in the first set before seeing him off in three sets.

But the two-time champion was happy to get his Shanghai Masters campaign under way with a good start.

Impressive start

"I started the match well - I was dictating a lot of the points and using good variety," the former Wimbledon champion told reporters. "At the beginning of the second set there was sloppiness on my serve.

"I started using variety towards the end. The short slice started working better. It was a good start for me, but there is a lot of work to be done."

The Scot was optimistic about his upcoming game with the world number 36. "Hopefully, I'll be able to start against Jerzy a little bit better," he said.

"I'll try to play solid from start to finish and not give him too many opportunities."

ATP Tour Finals

Murray has increased his chance of competing in the ATP Tour Finals by adding to his busy-schedule to play in the China Open before the Shanghai Masters in the hope he could increase the number of points he needs to qualify for the final.

He is currently lying in ninth and needs to get into the top eight to have a chance of qualifying. 

However, Murray might need to rise to seventh with the eighth spot going to a 2014 Grand Slam champion ranked between eighth and 20th. Croat Marin Cilic, who won the US Open, is currently ranked sixth.

The winner in Shanghai gains 1,000 points.

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