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Murray cruises into third round at Queen's

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  • Andy Murray through to the third round of the Queen's Club event in London
  • Top-seeded Briton beats Italian Andrea Seppi in straight sets in under an hour
  • Murray will now play Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the last 16 of the event
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(CNN) -- Top seed Andy Murray eased into the third round of the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club in London with a straight sets victory over Italian Andreas Seppi.

Top seed Murray took just under an hour to defeat Andreas Seppi in straight sets at Queen's Club.

Top seed Murray took just under an hour to defeat Andreas Seppi in straight sets at Queen's Club.

The British number one took the opening set 6-1 in just 22 minutes and although Seppi rallied in the second, Murray crucially broke his serve to win it 6-4.

Murray, hoping to win his first title on grass, was forced to expend early energy in the opening game which the serving Italian won comfortably.

But Seppi found it difficult to return Murray's serve in the following game and the home favorite easily restored parity on the scoreboard.

Murray, the first Briton to be top seed in the tournament, broke Seppi's serve in the third game thanks to a double fault from the Italian. The Scot repeated the feat in the fifth game without his opponent managing to score a single point.

Murray quickly went two-up in the second set but Seppi fought back to break the Briton's serve for the first time in the third game. The Italian followed up his success by holding serve in the fourth game to put him back in the match at 2-2.

The world number three held his serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead but the Italian, ranked number 48 in the world, made it 4-4 and for the first time in the match, the Scot looked uncomfortable.

However, Seppi's hopes of breaking Murray's serve in the next game petered out when the world number three delivered a stunning forehand to the baseline.

And he secured a place in the third round after just 59 minutes on court when he broke Seppi's serve to take the match.

Murray will now play 16th-seeded Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, a 7-6 6-3 winner over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, in the last 16.

In other matches, Australian Lleyton Hewitt had to dig deep for a 3-6 6-2 6-2 victory over Frederico Gil to keep alive his bid for a record fifth Queen's title. He will now play second-seeded American Andy Roddick in the tie of the round.

Nicolas Mahut produced the first major surprise as the Frenchman defeated fifth seed Marin Cilic 7-6 7-6 while Mikhail Youzhny, the Russian 14th seed, knocked out former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 7-6.


Meanwhile, Germany's Mischa Zverev kept the home flag flying at the Halle grass-court tournament with a shock 3-6 6-2 7-6 victory over fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, thr 2007 champion.

Zverev was later joined by compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber, who dumped out sixth-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 7-6.

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