Shanghai Masters: Andy Murray beats Steve Johnson in China

Andy Murray and Steve Johnson
Andy Murray won the Shanghai Masters in 2010 and 2011

Britain's Andy Murray had a comfortable 6-2 6-4 victory over Steve Johnson in his opening Shanghai Masters match.

The world number two dropped serve in the first game of the match but was rarely troubled by the American in his first outing since GB's Davis Cup semi-final victory over Australia on 20 September.

Murray, 28, said: "I played well, moved well and it was a good start for me."

He will face another American, John Isner, in the third round.

Isner's 6-3 7-6 (7-5) victory over Belgian David Goffin prevented a dress-rehearsal meeting between the world number 16 and Murray before next month's Davis Cup final.

World number one Novak Djokovic also reached round three, beating Slovakia's Martin Klizan 6-2 6-1.

Rafael Nadal also made it through but had a much tougher time.

It took Nadal two hours and 43 minutes to overcome Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4).

Looking ahead to facing Isner, Murray told Sky Sports: "I think he quite likes the conditions here because it's quick and he's a tough guy to play against."

After starting slowly against Johnson, Murray broke the American's serve three times to claim the first set.

The Scot encountered greater resistance in the second set and two double faults in a row helped gift Johnson two break points at 3-3. But a precise drop volley allowed Murray to see off the danger.

With Johnson serving at 4-5, a lob set up three match points and Murray clinched it at the second opportunity when the American sent a forehand long after one hour and 16 minutes.

Kyrgios in trouble again

Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios could be facing another fine after being given his second code violation of the tournament.

The Australian smashed away a loose ball and nearly hit a linesman after losing the second set in a 1-6 6-4 6-4 defeat by Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Kyrgios, 20, was fined $1,500 (£984) on Tuesday after calling the tournament a "circus" and complaining about the ball kids during his win over Andreas Haider-Maurer.

He could trigger a 28-day ban if he incurs $5,000 (£3,256) in fines before February - a penalty stemming from the suspended ban he received for a sexual comment about Stan Wawrinka's girlfriend during a match in August.

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