Unseeded American Sam Querrey, who conquered Los Angeles two weeks ago, had won the last head-to-head match against Murray two years ago, but was far from success this time around in the second round of Cincinnati Masters. The third seeded Brit was flawless on his serving service games in the first set, not allowing Querrey any break points, while converting two of them himself. Murray then managed to take Querrey’s serve for the third time at the beginning of the second set to give himself an early lead. The American earned himself a couple of break point opportunities in the eighth game, but failed to convert any of them, Murray thus winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
The Brit will play the winner of the encounter between Janko Tipsarevic and Pablo Andujar next.
Eighth-seeded Argentinean Monaco, who excelled on clay courts of Hamburg a month ago, flew out of Cincinnati in second round. He was defeated by unseeded Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in two sets. The first set saw a lot of breaks on either side as both players lost their serves three times each before battling it out in a tiebreak. Stepanek came out on top and took a lead in the match. The second set lasted less than half an hour, with Stepanek holding his serves with ease while breaking the Argentine twice to sail to victory. He closed out the match with a game to love: 7-6 (2), 6-1 and will be taking on Mardy Fish in the third round.