Wimbledon champion Andy Murray made light work of Julien Benneteau to book his place in the quarter-finals of the ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
The world No. 2 needed only an hour and 10 minutes to defeat 31-year-old Frenchman Benneteau 6-2, 6-2. Murray’s reward is a last-eight meeting with fifth seed Tomas Berdych, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Tommy Robredo.
Murray had mixed feelings about his swift passage into the quarter-finals with the defence of his US Open title just around the corner. He said: “It’s good, in some ways, you want to try and get off quickly because you need to play the next day. But also, in ten days’ time, we’re going to have to play best of five sets, so sometimes the long matches can kind of set you up for that as well.”
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in the last eight after they beat Tommy Haas and rising star Grigor Dimitrov respectively. Defending champion Federer had to come from a set down before winning 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 while Nadal was also taken to three sets by Dimitrov before prevailing 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
The Spaniard appeared to be cruising at a set and a break up, before Bulgarian Dimitrov secured two breaks in quick succession to take the match into a decider. Novak Djokovic dispatched David Goffin 6-2, 6-0 and will next face American John Isner, who beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).
David Ferrer was upset by unseeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 6-4, while Juan Martin Del Potro, a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 winner over Feliciano Lopez, completes the quarter-final line-up.