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Murray crushes Roddick in Paris

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Andy Murray was completely dominant against Andy Roddick © PA Photos
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Andy Murray's dominance of Andy Roddick continued as the world No. 3 powered to a 6-2 6-2 win in the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters.

Murray held a 7-3 advantage coming into the match and the slow surface in Paris played to his strengths as he simply toyed with Roddick on occasions. The American never recovered from dropping serve in the first game of the match, smashed a racket in frustration during the second set and skulked around the court venting his frustration at the umpire as his season ended in disappointment.

Murray, who has won the last three tournaments he has entered, made a signal of intent with a glorious forehand pass on the opening point of the match. A wild forehand from Roddick handed Murray three break points and he took the second of those to get his nose in front.

Roddick got on the board when holding in the third game, but Murray was rock solid on his own serve and produced consistent excellence from the back of the court. The Brit continued to exert pressure on the Roddick and a second break helped him wrap up the opening set in 31 minutes.

Murray has had the look of a more steely character in recent weeks and he kept up the pressure in the second. He drew Roddick in to the net following a lengthy baseline exchange and his opponent was brutally exposed by a glorious pass which earned the break.

After slipping 2-0 down, Roddick fired a wild forehand and promptly smashed his racket. Whistles from the crowd did nothing to lift his mood, neither did a warning from the umpire that led to a heated debate the American was never going to win.

The exchange did not distract Murray who raced into a 4-0 lead. Roddick saved the ignominy of being bageled by holding serve at 4-1, but it only delayed the inevitable as Murray raced to victory in little over an hour - wrapping up the win with an ace.

Murray, who has never made it past the quarter-finals in Paris, will meet Tomas Berdych in the last eight after the Czech beat Janko Tipsarevic 7-5 6-4. The result also confirms that Berdych will be returning to London for the ATP World Tour Finals. Tipsarevic's defeat also secures Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's place at the O2.

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