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But the 22-year-old, a winner in Marseille in February, made light work of the the Scot's serve, breaking back instantly before going on to dominate the SAP Open champion from the back of the court with his pace, power and precision.
On his Masters series debut, Murray kept his composure to cruise past the American after two tie-breaks, breaking back in both sets to win 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-1).
Sheer bravery got the Russian out of the mire, breaking back immediately to force a tie-break which she romped 7-2.