Cincinnati cruise for Murray
Andy Murray gave a professional display to dispatch Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters.
The world number two bounced back from his surprising early exit in Montreal last week to beat the 31-year-old Russian 6-2 6-3 in just 70 minutes.
Murray, a winner in Cincinnati in 2011 and 2008, will next face France's Julien Benneteau as he continues his preparations for the defence of his US Open title.
The second seed came into this contest leading Youzhny 3-0 on head-to-head, including a straight-sets victory over the Russian on his way to winning this year's Wimbledon title.
And the opening set was a largely one-sided affair in which Murray raced into a 4-0 lead.
Youzhny looked more composed when facing Murray's serve, with some powerful hitting and long rallies enough to remind the Scot he was in a match.
But the Russian's own service games lacked consistency and Murray capitalised as his opponent served up five double faults and steered several tame forehands into the net.
The world number 25 eventually got himself on the scoreboard in game five, but the damage had already been done and Murray held on comfortably to move a set ahead.
Youzhny continued to struggle on serve at the start of the second and found himself facing two more break points in the opener, gifting the second to the Wimbledon champion with another wayward forehand.
Murray looked a class above the former world number eight and his awareness was making it increasingly difficult for Youzhny to find a way through.
It was no surprise when the Scot broke again to take a 4-1 lead, with Youzhny's forehand once more letting him down, although it was unexpected when the Russian snatched the game back straightaway - Murray the player making the error this time with a misjudged backhand.
However, it was a minor blip and he quickly recovered to set up match point on Youzhny's serve with a cross-court backhand, before securing the win when the Russian fired a forehand long.
Seventh seed Juan Martin Del Potro also progressed to the next round with a 7-5 7-5 win over Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, but Richard Gasquet's challenge was ended by John Isner.
The eight-seeded Frenchman had no answer to the big-hitting American and fell to a 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 defeat in one hour and 22 minutes.
Veteran Tommy Haas, seeded 11th in Cincinnati, eased past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-4 6-1, with David Goffin and Feliciano Lopez later joining the German in the third round.
In the women's tournament, top seed Serena Williams overcame a bad case of early jitters to see off Canadian qualifier Eugenie Bouchard in three sets.
Williams was broken in the opening game with teenager Bouchard, who is ranked 64 in the world, going on to wrap up the opening set.
But the 16-time grand slam winner came back fighting to record a 4-6 6-2 6-2 victory after almost two hours on court.
Sixth seed Sara Errani also had to work hard for her place in the next round, eventually beating Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4 5-7 6-4.
Samantha Stosur was a 6-3 7-6 (7/3) winner over Jamie Hampton with Roberta Vinci dispatching Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 6-3.