Murray crushes Coric to set up Goffin clash in Paris

Wed Nov 4, 2015 3:07pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - 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-flavored clash with Belgium's David Goffin.

Britain and Belgium meet in the Davis Cup final in Ghent from Nov. 27-29 with world number three Murray and Goffin, who eased past Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic, expected to clash in a singles rubber.

Although the Davis Cup tie will be played on clay, Murray believes he can pick up some tips from Thursday's match against Goffin.

"Any time you spend time on court with opponents you can learn about their game," the Scot told a news conference.

"It's obviously good to play against him. But I will obviously, before the tie, watch matches of him playing on clay to learn and understand his game better on that surface."

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 swept aide Lajovic 6-2 6-2, converting five of eight break points.

The other top guns also progressed smoothly.   Continued...