Murray beats India’s Somdev Devvarman


ANDY Murray took just 81 minutes to defeat India’s Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-3 at the Shenzhen Open.

Murray continued his quest to reach the season-ending ATP World Tour finals by booking his place in the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China.

Murray started the week in 11th place in the race with only the top eight guaranteed a place at the lucrative event at the O2 Arena in November.

His desire to qualify took him to Shenzhen where he began his campaign with a win over Devvarman on Thursday in his first match since tweeting in support of Scottish independence, which prompted widespread abuse on the social media site.

Murray, seeded second, proved a cut above his world number 141-ranked opponent, breaking twice in the first set without reply.

Devvarman rallied to break the Scot in the second, but Murray converted both of his own break-point opportunities to move through in one hour and 21 minutes.

In the quarter-finals Murray will play Slovakia’s world number 85, Lukas Lacko, who beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-4, 7-6.

The top seed, David Ferrer, suffered an upset as he was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by the Serbian qualifier Viktor Troicki. Troicki fired 13 aces on his way to victory in just 55 minutes.

The Colombian sixth seed, Santiago Giraldo, ended the run of the 18-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-3.