TORONTO - Reigning champion Andy Murray was an easy quarterfinal winner Friday at the $2.43 million Rogers Cup, an ATP Masters event.
The fourth-seeded Australian Open runner-up Murray routed previously red-hot Argentine David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. The two-time major runner-up Murray slugged eight aces, broke Nalbandian four times in eight tries, and held his serve throughout his surprisingly-easy victory on Day 5.
The former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian had won his last 11 matches on tour, including a quality hardcourt title at the Washington, D.C. U.S. Open Series event last week.
Murray captured this Canadian Masters tournament last year by beating another Argentine star, Juan Martin del Potro, in the final in Montreal. This event shifts between Montreal and Toronto each year.
This week's big winner will collect $443,500.