Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray moved into the third round at the Paris Masters while third seed Stan Wawrinka was knocked out by unseeded German Jan Struff. Djokovic won in straight sets while Murray had to withstand extreme pressure from Fernando Verdasco to win in three.
Djokovic easily dispatched off Giles Muller 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes. The Serbian world No 1 broke Muller in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead before clinching the opening set.
The second set turned out much closer as both players played their natural game. With the score at 4-4, Djokovic upped his tempo to break Muller for the second time before closing out the match on serve in the next. The Serbian will now face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
The second set was keenly contested as Verdasco raced to a 4-2 lead after breaking Murray. The next three games witnessed breaks of serve with Murray coming back to nullify Verdasco's advantage. But the Spaniard would not be undone as he closed out the set on tie-break at 7-6 (5).
Murray took an early lead in the decider but Verdasco broke back instantly as the match headed for a gripping finish. With the score at 6-5, Murray finally cracked the Verdasco serve to win 7-5. The Scotsman will next face local talent Lucas Pouille.
The second witnessed a brilliant display of serves by both players with just one break point being conceded in the set.
The decider saw the players trade breaks and the score level at 5-5 before Wawrinka fluffed a break point opportunity. The Swiss thereafter crumbled under pressure in the tie-breaker 7-1.
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