Murray leads the way on Day 4 of the Shanghai Rolex Masters

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 12: Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot against Steve Johnson of United States during the Men's singles second round match on day four of Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 12, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Andy Murray was sterling in victory over American Steve Johnson 6-3 6-2 in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The 2nd seed broke in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead and had little trouble winning the opening set. The second set was more of the same as Murray broke twice to win the set 6-2 and advance to the 3rd round against Lucas Pouille. The 13th seeded Frenchman defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-4 7-6 (10), saving three set points in the second set breaker.

Elsewhere, 3rd seed Stan Wawrinka cruised past Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-4. The reigning U.S. Open champion needed just a single break to win the first set, getting it in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead. After a quick start to the second set that saw the Swiss superstar take a 2-0 lead, Edmund broke back for 2-2 only to see Wawrinka break for a 5-4 lead and serve out the match.

Viktor Troicki caused the biggest shock of the day with a straight sets upset of 4th seed Rafael Nadal 6-3 7-6 (3). At 3-3 all in the opening set, Troicki broke in back-to-back games to run out the first set while the second set saw no breaks of serve. In the tiebreak, Troicki engineered 3 minibreaks for a 5-2 lead and cruised to the upset from there. After the match, the Serb, who had never defeated the Spaniard in five previous meetings, spoke about his impressive win: “I played really well,” said Troicki. “I was aggressive, I served well, I hit the ball nice. It was a great feeling on the court playing like this and playing like this against Rafa Nadal, who is a great champion. It makes it extra special to beat him for the first time, especially in such a big tournament like Shanghai. I’m really glad how I played. Happy how I played. I hope I will continue to do that in the next rounds.”

Other results saw 5th seed Milos Raonic dispatch of Paolo Lorenzi 6-2 6-4, while Marcel Granollers stunned Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1). 11th seed David Goffin recovered nicely from his opening round battle with Juan Martin Del Potro to take care of Benoit Paire, winning 6-1 7-6 (0) while 12th seed Nick Kyrgios was shocked by qualifier Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-1.

15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut saved all 7 break points against him for a 6-4, 6-4 win over American Taylor Fritz. Gilles Simon took care of local wild card Di Wu 6-2 6-2 while Vasek Pospisil scored an impressive 7-5 7-6 (2) win over a surging Grigor Dimitrov. The Canadian is feeling good after his victory: “I played very well,” said Pospisil. “It was important to play a very clean match today, because Grigor is playing with a lot of confidence right now. It was a great win for me. It’s been a tough year. Quite a few things were going on. But I feel really happy to be back. I feel like my old self on the court again. My head’s in the game and I’m playing well.” Jack Sock also moved into the third round with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Feliciano Lopez.

The third round matchups see Djokovic facing Pospisil, Mischa Zverev facing off with Granollers, Troicki against Bautista Agut, 9th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meets Alexander Zverev, Raonic against Sock, Simon challenging Wawrinka, Monfils takes on Goffin while Pouille and Murray battle. The winners advance to the quarterfinals.

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