10/11/12 4:14 PM | Ricky Dimon
Andy Murray makes quick work of Alexandr Dolgopolov on Thursday in Shanghai. Murray sails through to a quarterfinal meeting with Radek Stepanek.
Following a first-round bye and a walkover, Andy Murray finally kicked off his Shanghai Rolex Masters campaign with a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing of Alexandr Dolgopolov on Thursday evening. Murray fired seven aces without double-faulting to ease into the quarterfinals after a mere 57 minutes.
Dolgopolov took care of his opening service game, but it was mostly downhill for him the rest of the way. The 20th-ranked Ukrainian dropped serve at 1-1 and again at 2-4, ultimately finish the first set with five winners and an awful 15 unforced errors. Murray wrapped it up with a love hold in the eighth game.
It appeared to be all over when Murray broke for a 2-1 lead in the second, but out of nowhere he surrendered serve in the following game. Still, that only delayed the inevitable. Murray added breaks at 2-2 and 4-2 to completely run away with an easy victory. The third-ranked Scot dug out of 0-30 hole in the final game and converted his first match point on wild Dolgopolov backhand.
Next up for Murray is Radek Stepanek, who outlasted John Isner in three sets.
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