Andy Murray moved closer to World Tour Finals qualification today after a straightforward 6-3 6-4 win over Julien Benneteau in the Paris Masters to reach the third round of the competition.
Murray won the match in 71 minutes with a dominant performance which ultimately gave the Frenchman very little chance of winning, despite his best efforts.
The 27-year-old, who is currently fifth in the qualification race, needs to reach the quarter-finals of the competition in order to earn his place in the London event, which starts on November 9.
Murray was handed a fantastic break opportunity early in the first set, when the 32-year-old committed three double faults. The Brit capitalised and dropped only one point in his own service games up until 4-1 and won the set comfortably from that position.
He broke early in the second set, as the game looked all but over and despite Benneteau breaking back later on, Murray wrapped the game up with a comfortable 6-4 set victory.
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Grigor Dimitrov will be Murray's next round opponent, following a convincing straight sets victory over Pablo Cuevas on Wednesday afternoon.
QUALIFICATION IN SIGHT
The two-time Grand Slam winner won his third title in just five weeks on Sunday and he has hit form at just the right time, with the World Tour Finals just around the corner.
He is in a superb position to qualify for the event and admits that the last month has been very difficult and a lot for his body to take, however it was crucial in his preparation for the Finals.
"It's been a long six weeks, but it's been very beneficial for me," he said.
"I gained a lot of confidence in my body again from playing this much, and then also from winning a lot of tough, long, close matches, especially the three finals."