Andy Murray through to Cincinnati Open quarter-finals

Britain's Andy Murray continued his impressive form at the Cincinnati Open with a 6-2 6-2 win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the third round.

The world number two broke twice in the opening set as Benneteau struggled with his first serve percentage.

Benneteau, ranked 36, improved in the second, but Murray broke twice more to seal the win and set up a quarter-final tie with Tomas Berdych on Friday.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams also won.

Match stats

Benneteau Murray

Match time: 1hr 09mins

2

Aces

7

5

Double faults

2

56%

1st serve %

67%

65%

1st serve win %

75%

31%

2nd serve win %

62%

28%

Return points

49%

0/1

Break points

4/5

Federer, a five time winner in Cincinnati, will play Nadal in the last eight. The pair, who have played each other 30 times with Nadal winning 20, are fourth on Centre Court on Friday.

With less than two weeks until Murray, 26, starts the defence of his US Open title he was showing flashes of the form that won him his first Grand Slam almost 12 months ago.

The Wimbledon champion gave Benneteau few openings on his own serve, hitting seven aces and winning 75% of the points on his first serve and 62% on his second.

In comparison, the world number 20 won just 65% on his first serve and just 31% on his second and he created only one break point on the Murray serve.

Murray said: "You want to try and get off quickly because you need to play the next day.

"In 10 days' time, we're going to have to play best-of-five sets, so sometimes the long matches can kind of set you up for that well.

"But in terms of winning this event, better to get off quick because you have to play five days in a row if you want to win."

World number one Djokovic joins Murray in the last eight after he beat qualifier David Goffin 6-2 6-0 in just 50 minutes, to set up a last eight tie with John Isner, who beat 12th seed Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

Defending champion Federer, who is only just returning from a back injury, had to come from a set down to beat number 11 seed Tommy Haas.

To play against Roger is always a special feeling -we have a great history behind us in our confrontations

Rafael Nadal

Federer lost the first set 6-1 before winning the following two 7-5 6-3 while his opponent Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 5-7 6-2.

Nadal, who has won eight of the 11 tournaments he has played this season, said: "To play against Roger is always a special feeling. We have a great history behind us in our confrontations.

"But it's a quarter-finals match, not the final, so that's a big difference."

Seventh seed Juan Martin Del Potro also dropped a set before eventually beating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4 1-6 6-4, but Ferrer, who is currently ranked fourth in the world was beaten 6-2 6-4 by world number 44 Tursunov.

In the women's event, top seed Serena Williams needed just 63 minutes to beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4 6-1 to set up a last eight tie against Romania's Simona Halep, who beat Australian Samantha Stosur 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Second seed Azarenaka beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-3 6-4, while Pole Agnieszka Radwanska, the fourth seed, needed less than an hour to overcome Elena Vesnina 6-0 6-2.

Italy's Roberta Vinci beat sixth seed Sara Errani 6-4 6-3 while Serbia's Jelena Jankovic needed three sets to beat American Sloane Stephens 3-6 7-5 7-5.

China's Li Na beat Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-4 and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 3-6 6-2 6-3.