Cincinnati Masters: Andy Murray beats Mardy Fish to progress

Andy Murray
Andy Murray climbed to number two in the world rankings after his win over Novak Djokovic in Montreal

Andy Murray has beaten veteran hardcourt specialist Mardy Fish to secure his place in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.

Britain's Murray, 28, continued his preparations for the US Open at the end of the month with a 6-4 7-6 (7-1) win over the 33-year-old American.

The Scot will now face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the next round.

Murray replaced Roger Federer as world number two following his Rogers Cup win over Novak Djokovic in Montreal.

Fish recently spent 18 months out of the game with a heart condition and will retire after the US Open.

However, he held his own in the first set against Murray and managed to force a second-set tie-break having surrendered a 4-3 lead.

Andy Murray

Murray tweeted that Fish had been "one of my trickiest opponents" who had "been very unfortunate these last few years" as he wished him "all the best for the US Open and your life after tennis".

The British number one's next opponent, Dimitrov, enjoyed the benefit of a day's rest having beaten Vasek Pospisil in the second round on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has beaten Murray twice in seven meetings, knocking him out of Wimbledon in 2014 and winning a semi-final in Acapulco earlier the same year.

World number one Djokovic, for whom victory here would complete a career clean sweep of all nine ATP 1000 Masters titles, booked his place in the third round with 7-5 6-2 win over France's Benoit Paire.

Elsewhere, Spain's former world number one Rafael Nadal was made to work hard for his 6-3 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy, finally getting past the Frenchman by converting his fifth match point.

Switzerland's French Open champion Stan Wawrinka was given a scare by world number 38 Borna Coric as he came from a set to down triumph 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in nearly two and a half hours.

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