Ruthless Murray walks on Bai in Shanghai

Shanghai:Britain`s Andy Murray gave Chinese wild card Bai Yan a master class in match efficiency when he extinguished the home hope`s ambitions of another upset with a 6-2 6-2 thrashing in the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

The world number 465 had shocked Czech Radek Stepanek on Tuesday and said in advance of his unexpected date with the world number four that the experience would be a learning opportunity.

It proved to be a steep and brief tutorial as Murray fizzed into the third round with a determined display after his lacklustre offerings a week earlier at the China Open in Beijing.

21-year-old Bai did send patriotic hearts thumping on several occasions, testing Murray with ferocious accurate forehands and lobs, snatching four games as the home crowd gathered belief in a massive upset.

Several `Murray Mania` Chinese fans sporting home made `Andy` flags were faced with divided loyalties but the Scot was never in danger of becoming the rising Chinese star`s next big scalp after his straight sets win over the world number 37 a day earlier.

In other matches, world number two Novak Djokovic eased past Croatia`s Ivan Ljubicic 6-3 6-3 while fifth seed Robin Soderling beat Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 7-6 to secure third round berths.

Bureau Report

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