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Latest update : 2008-07-31

Serb Nenad Djokovic, Scotsman Andy Murray, and American James Blake (pictured) advance to the third round of the ATP Masters Series tournament. It's the end of the road for Frenchmen Gilles Simon, Arnaud Clément, and Gael Monfils.

Eighth-seeded Scotsman Andy Murray and American seventh seed James Blake advanced to the third round of the ATP Masters Series tournament here Wednesday with straight-set victories.

 

Blake continued the rescue of a modest hardcourt start, producing a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Frenchman Giles Simon, who won the Indianapolis title earlier this month and reached last week's Toronto semi-finals after beating Roger Federer.

 

Murray dropped an early break but roared back over erratic American Sam Querrey for a 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory. The British No. 1 looked healthy after tweaking his knee in Toronto. A scan showed him set to play this week.

 

Blake, who has won five of his 10 ATP titles at US events, has been trying to recover after second-round disappointments at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

 

He was badly let down in Indianapolis a fortnight ago after winning the first set but losing a semi-final to Dmitry Tursunov. Blake fell 6-1, 6-2 last weekend to Nicolas Kiefer in Canada.

 

"This is always the time of year I appreciate the most," said the Olympic-bound US Davis Cup player. "I've had my best results in this kind of hard court summer getting ready for the US Open.

 

"I've had my best Grand Slam results at the US Open."

 

Blake now has a rematch with Ernests Gulbis, who eliminated him in Paris. Fast-rising Latvian Gulbis continued to notch huge improvement, beating French veteran Arnaud Clement 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5).

 

Spain's fifth seed David Ferrer became the highest-ranked player to fall, going down in a struggle lasting two and a half hours to Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3.

Date created : 2008-07-30

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