ATP Rogers Cup: Andy Murray feeling good for Richard Gasquet test
Last Updated: 07/08/14 11:24am
Andy Murray says serving well and extra training were the reasons he easily dispatched Nick Kyrgios
Andy Murray is feeling good as he remains on a quarter-final collision course with top seed Novak Djokovic at the Rogers Open in Toronto.
The British No 1 defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-2 to set up a third round clash with 12th seed Richard Gasquet on Thursday, to be shown live on Sky Sports 3 later on Thursday.
It was Murray’s first showing since losing in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and he believes finally being able to train at 100 per cent again following his back surgery last year is paying dividends.
The eighth seed said: “I've worked extremely hard physically, by far the hardest I've worked since my back surgery (in September 2013) and the hardest I've worked in the last couple of years.
"My legs are strong and I'm moving well around the court and that's a big positive for me."
Djokovic was pushed all the way by talented Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/2) and will next meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after he triumphed over his countryman Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 earlier on Wednesday.
If Murray and Djokovic both manage to come through those tests, then they will meet in a repeat of the 2012 US Open final ahead of this year's tournament in New York later this month.
Meanwhile, fifth seed David Ferrer faces a third round match-up with Croatian Ivan Dodig, with the winner of that clash facing either Marin Cilic or Roger Federer after Cilic beat Malek Jaziri to meet the world No 3.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka takes on Kevin Anderson, while fourth seed Tomas Berdych faces Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.
Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov faces a tough challenge from Spanish 17th seed Tommy Robredo in other action on Thursday.
Watch Andy Murray v Richard Gasquet live on Sky Sports 3 from 4pm on Thursday