Murray eases through in Monte Carlo

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Updated: April 18, 2012

World No 4 Andy Murray enjoyed a confident start to his claycourt season when he thrashed Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-0 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters third round.

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the 13th seed and 2010 finalist, battled past Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 3-6 6-3 6-1 to set up a third-round clash with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the fourth seed after he defeated German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-4.

Tenth seed Feliciano Lopez succumbed to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-4. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 12th seed, took advantage of a rain interruption to recover from a break down in the second set and beat Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-2 7-5.