Andy Murray looks to see off France's Jeremy Chardy and reach the last eight of the Cincinnati Masters when they clash later today.
Murray successfully diffused the giant serve of Sam Querrey in their second round encounter on Wednesday. Some thought it could be a tricky match for the defending champion but Murray eased through 6-2, 6-4 with little difficulty.
"He's had some good wins, so I was expecting a tough match," Murray said afterwards. "I think that helped me. Was very sharp right at the beginning of the match. I needed to be, and it was a good start to the tournament."
"In the immediate aftermath of big wins or good tournaments, normally you'll feel quite confident and comfortable going for your shots in the important moments and even at the beginning of matches," he said. "I'm hoping it helps me not only this week but going into the US Open and big matches in the future. I think it will give me that extra bit of confidence and probably feel a bit calmer going into them."
Chardy saw off Andy Roddick in straight sets in the opening round before beating Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-3 in just under an hour and a half.
Murray leads 4-0 on the head-to-head, beating Chardy 6-2, 6-4 in the Paris Masters at the end of last year. However he needed three sets to see off the Frenchman when they played in Cincinnati two years ago.
Prediction: Murray in two.