Andy Murray gets walkover into Shanghai Masters third round

Last Updated: 10/10/12 3:44pm

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Andy Murray: Keen to return to action after not featuring in the first two rounds

Andy Murray: Keen to return to action after not featuring in the first two rounds

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Andy Murray strolled into the third round of the Shanghai Masters without playing a game after the withdrawal of Florian Mayer.

The German cited a rib injury for his non-appearance in China on Wednesday.

Having received a first-round bye, third-seeded Murray will face Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4, for a spot in the quarter-finals, while the top two seeds Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic eased through.

Murray, champion in China for the last two seasons, admitted earlier this week he was slowly adjusting to life as a Grand Slam winner.

The US Open champion told Sky Sports: "It's been more fun and I've felt less pressure to perform in every single match and tournament.

"I always felt I was trying to prove something and I'll just try to keep improving. The courts here are slower and the balls are faster so it takes a while to get used to that."

Djokovic, desperate to reclaim his world No 1 spot from Roger Federer, beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-2. Federer beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 7-5.

If Djokovic wins in Shanghai and Federer loses before the quarters, the Serb would be No 1 again next week.

Djokovic, who didn't offer Dimitrov a break-point opportunity and never lost more than one point in any service game, said: "I'm very pleased with my serving.

"That's something I've been working on. Relying on the serve in today's tennis is a big advantage. So I try to get as many free points as possible. It helped me a lot to defeat my opponent."

For the second successive day, a match went to three tie-breaker sets as Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis upset 12th seed Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3).

American Sam Querrey came from behind to shock 14th seed and last week's Japan Open champion Kei Nishikori 2-6 6-2 6-4.

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