Andy Murray defeats Steve Johnson at Shanghai Masters
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 12/10/16 5:08pm
Andy Murray’s winning run in China continued with a second-round victory over Steve Johnson at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.
Last week's China Open winner has carried his form from Beijing across the country and comfortably disposed of Johnson 6-3 6-2.
Murray said in a court-side interview on Sky Sports 3: "There was a tight start, but then once I got ahead I managed to keep the momentum.
"I played well tonight, I like the conditions here and hopefully I can continue that tomorrow."
Murray added: "It will be a hard match (against Pouille). He goes for his shots, serves well and is quick around the court.
"He takes quite a lot of risks out there, and likes the big matches. He is very consistent in his results and I will try and put in a good performance to get through it if I can."
Murray claimed a break to open an early 4-2 advantage in the first set which the world No 24 never threatened to overcome. The British No 1 took the opener inside 40 minutes.
A frustrated Johnson courted a telling-off from the umpire for smashing a ball into the sky as he went a break down in the second set.
Murray forced the American's performance to deteriorate and a sloppy error from Johnson saw the Brit go 4-1 up. Murray's dominance was underlined by winning a tiring rally even with an insurmountable lead, ahead of confirming a match with Lucas Pouille in the next round.
Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal has been eliminated from the Shanghai Masters after Viktor Troicki beat him 6-3 7-6.
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