Andy Murray progressed to the third round of the Shanghai Masters after a 7-5 6-2 win over Jerzy Janowicz.
The British number one faces fifth seed David Ferrer next as he continues to rack up ranking points to qualify for the end of season ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Murray’s third round match against Ferrer pits the men who occupy ninth and tenth in the world rankings against each other.
The victor in tomorrow's match increases their hopes of qualifying for London as rivals for the top eight bowed out in today's second round. Milos Raonic retired when 5-2 down in the first set and Grigor Dimitrov lost in straight sets to Julien Benneteau.
Whilst US Open finalist Kei Nishikori and Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka also crashed out, despite possessing a solid position in the rankings, will have to wait to confirm their place in London. The winner of the Ferrer/Murray tie could face a quarter final match against top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic.
Murray progressed past Janowicz in much more comfortable fashion compared to a hard fought three set victory against the same opponent at the China Open a week ago. Losing just four points on his own serve during the opening set, the Brit had to wait until 6-5 before finally breaking the Pole when Janowicz netted a forehand.
Murray was ruthless in the second set against an opponent who was struggling after a medical timeout for an ankle injury. Murray went on to break in the fourth and eighth games of the second set to secure the victory.
World number two Rafael Nadal completed a day of shocks as he lost against fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3 7-6. Nadal also revealed that he is playing with appendicitis and plans to having an operation at the end of the season.
However, judging by Nadal’s injury record this season and his career overall which has included missing the US Open last month, his appearance in London is far from confirmed. Which gives hopes to other players that an extra place may open up despite the circumstances that it would occur from.
A win for Murray at this weeks event in Shanghai or in the Paris masters in the final ranking event before London would bring 1,000 points and provide a massive boost in the quest to qualify. It would also increase confidence in what has been a year of mainly lows compared to recent seasons.
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