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Murray cruises through to Montreal semis

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  • Third seed Andy Murray cruises into semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal
  • The British No.1 defeats Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 6-4 in his quarterfinal
  • Murray can go above Rafael Nadal to second place in world rankings if he wins
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(CNN) -- Andy Murray made short work of Nikolay Davydenko to book his place in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Friday.

Andy Murray continues to look dominant as he reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Andy Murray continues to look dominant as he reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Russian Davydenko came into the contest on an 12-match winning streak, but that run came to an abrupt end as the world number three claimed a 6-2 6-4 victory in one hour and 21 minutes.

The British No.1 capitalized on the catalogue of errors by Davydenko to set up a last-four meeting with either top seed Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

Murray converted all four of his break points, the last in the final game of the match when Davydenko went long with yet another of his many unforced errors.

The Scot dropped his serve once in the opening set, but that was to prove the only impact his opponent made.

"The start was important," Murray told Sky Sports. "When he broke me back in the first set it was important for stay strong there because he was actually making quite a lot of mistakes in the first set and I didn't want to let him back in, let him get into a rhythm.

"I felt pretty comfortable after the first set. My serve was helping me out, I didn't give him many chances in the second set. It's very difficult playing against him.

"He stands so close to the baseline, he hits the ball really hard and flat, you need to be on the defensive a lot against him. I managed to defend well and use my slice to change the pace of the ball."

The quarter-final line-up at Montreal featured the top eight players in the world and Murray feels the time off he took after Wimbledon is paying dividends.

Murray added: "A lot of the higher-ranked players took a break after Wimbledon and I think you need that.

"It's tough to just keep playing week-in, week-out and I think all of us came in fresh pretty and hungry. I said at the start of the week there might be some surprises but that shows how much I know about tennis."

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