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Murray sets up Ferrer repeat in Madrid

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Originally published on: 14/05/10 12:44

Andy Murray firmly backed up his easy opening round win over Juan Ignacio Chela with an impressively swift 6-2 6-1 victory over Victor Hanescu in Madrid.

Murray broke four times to fashion his first back-to-back victory since March (in Indian Wells) in just 70 minutes, and described his win over the world No.38 as a “good performance.”

“Hanescu isn’t an out-and-out clay court players so it was a different match than you normally get, but I felt comfortable,” said the Scot, who turns 23 tomorrow.

“I know that against the clay courters I’ll have to play more aggressively and will have to improve, but in general I feel a lot better on the court.”

Signs that Murray had started to find his way after his uncharacteristically limp showings since the Australian Open came in Rome, where he looked promising despite a 3-6 4-6 to David Ferrer.

He will face the in-form Spaniard again in the Madrid quarter-finals, aiming to prevent Ferrer’s charge towards a sixth clay court semi-final this year.

Ferrer has already racked up 23 wins on the red dirt in 2010, and if it weren’t for clay court kings Rafa Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, and Juan Carlos Ferrero, he would have far more to show than the lone clay title he picked up in Acapulco earlier this year.

On his part, Murray has fond memories in Madrid, having won the tournament two years ago, but that of course was before the event switched to clay and Madrid’s new Magic Box venue.

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