Murray begins ATP Masters campaign with easy win

The Scot dominated Borna Coric of Croatia for a 6-1, 6-2 victory in Paris. India's Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea moved into the quarterfinals in men's doubles.

Andy Murray will face David Goffin in the next round of ATP Masters.   -  Getty Images

Andy Murray's drive to Davis Cup glory got underway in earnest in Paris on Wednesday with a dominating 6-1, 6-2 win over Croatian youngster Borna Coric. The Scot has made it clear that, with the end of the season in sight, his priority is to give Britain their first Davis Cup triumph since 1936 with a victory over Belgium on clay in Ghent later in the month.

But before then he has to negotiate the last two events of the ATP season, both on hardcourts, at the Paris Masters and the World Tour Finals in London. It's not an easy task with the punishing change of surfaces to handle, and it nearly floored Roger Federer at the same time last year before he and Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka finally saw off the French challenge in the final in Lille.

And the last thing Murray needs is a series of punishing three-setters to drain his batteries and niggle his ailing back. Against teenager Coric, who had beaten the Scot for the loss of just four games the last time the pair met early this year in Dubai, that never looked likely to happen. Murray, who has never got past the quarter-finals in the Paris Masters in eight previous appearances, took command from the start, winning the first three games.

Coric, the youngest player in the world top 50 — he turns 19 on November 14 — looked at a loss over what to do as Murray pulled him all over the court and the first set was surrendered in double-quick time. The Croat opted to go on the offensive in the second set and he held firm until 2-2. But Murray then stepped up the pace once again and he grabbed the break he needed in the following game.

He then raced away to reach the last 16 in just 59 minutes. Next up for Murray, by a quirk of fate, is David Goffin, the slightly built Belgian number one, who will be the main obstacle standing in his way in Ghent.

Bopanna-Mergea sail into quarters

Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea on Wednesday advanced to the quarterfinals of Paris Masters men’s doubles event here. The Indo-Romanian pair bounced back from a set down to claim a 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 10-5 victory over Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the second round contest. The ongoing tournament is the ninth and the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year.

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