Andy Murray Crushes Borna Coric to Set up David Goffin Meeting in Paris
Andy Murray needed less than an hour to dismiss the 18-year-old Coric, converting four of his five break points while never allowing his opponent the chance to steal his serve.
Andy Murray demolished Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday to set up a Davis Cup-flavoured clash with Belgium's David Goffin. (Leander Paes-Rafael Nadal Bow Out of Paris Masters)
Britain and Belgium meet in the Davis Cup final in Ghent from November 27-29 with world number three Murray and Goffin, who eased past Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic, set to clash in the number ones' singles rubber. ('Solid' Novak Djokovic Continues Paris Win-Streak)
Murray needed less than an hour to dismiss the 18-year-old Coric, converting four of his five break points while never allowing his opponent the chance to steal his serve.
Earlier, the 16th-seeded Goffin also needed less than an hour to sweep aide Lajovic 6-2, 6-2, converting five of eight break points.
Japan's Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, survived a barrage of aces to beat France's Jeremy Chardy 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-1, securing a third-round meeting with another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet.
Chardy fired 17 aces but it was not enough to unsettle Nishikori, who played better on the key points.
The 10th-seeded Gasquet looked solid in a 6-2, 7-5 victory against Argentine Leonardo Mayer.
The Paris Masters is the last tournament before the season-ending ATP World Tour finals, which will be played between the eight best players of the season from November 15-22 at the 02 arena in London.
World number one Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Nishikori, Murray, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer have all qualified.