TENNIS

Murray sweeps past Pouille and into Paris quarter-finals

The Scot continued his pursuit of the world number one spot by brushing aside Lucas Pouille in the Paris Masters last 16 on Thursday. Murray vs Wawrinka

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Murray sweeps past Pouille and into Paris quarter-finals
GONZALO FUENTES REUTERS

Andy Murray remained firmly in contention to become the new world number one after thrashing Frenchman Lucas Pouille to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

The Scot won the final eight games against 13th seed Pouille to cruise to a dominant 6-3, 6-0 victory and extend his winning streak to 17 matches.

Murray faces Berdych or Simon in last eight

He will meet seventh seed Tomas Berdych or Frenchman Gilles Simon next as he bids to end Novak Djokovic's 122-week run at the top of the rankings.

Murray has won three straight tournaments - in Beijing, Shanghai and Vienna - to drastically close the gap on Djokovic and must at least reach the final in Paris to stand a chance of displacing the Serb.