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Murray returns in fine form; TENNIS.

ANDY Murray is hoping for an extended run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal as he steps up his preparations for the US Open.

The world No.3 cruised into the third round of the hard court tournament with a 6-4 6-2 win over Jeremy Chardy yesterday in his first match since losing to Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon semifinals.

The Scot wrapped up vic-torin his first meeting with the Frenchman in one hour 34 minutes to set up a thirdround match with Juan Carlos Ferrero or Gael Monfils.

Service breaks in the opening games of each set paved the way for the Scot to register his first win of the hard court season.

Murray said: "The one thing I wanted from this tournament was to play a lot of matches, three of four to get back into the swing of things."

Murray will be hoping to go one better than his runnerup finish last year when the US Open begins on August 31. And the Scot got his buildup off to the best possible start yesterday when a crosscourt backhand which Chardy could only return wide handed him a break.

A love service game saw him take the set 6-4, then two more breaks followed in the second set as Chardy found Murray too strong.

"I just had to try to stay solid and force him into some errors," said Murray.

Murray could move up to second in the rankings, ahead of Rafael Nadal, if the Spaniard loses his secondround game and the Scot makes the last four. That prospect, though, is not at the forefront of his mind.

He added: "Rafa's missed three months of the tour. If I do overtake him it's not like I've been playing so much better than him."

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