Shanghai: Andy Murray's bid to make the end of season ATP World Tour Finals remains on course as he powered through his Shanghai Masters opener yesterday, defeating Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 7-5.
The 27-year-old Scot is desperate to book his place in next month’s tournament, which features the world’s top eight players, and would need a deep run in Shanghai to help his cause. The 11th seed took one hour 25 minutes to overcome the 29-year-old qualifier in a game in which he got off to a flying start.
Meanwhile, World No 17 Fabio Fognini suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of 553-ranked Wang Chuhan of China, who showed great composure under pressure to seal a 7-6(7/5), 6-4 victory.
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