Murray cruises into Cincy semis

Former champion Andy Murray was an easy quarterfinal winner Friday at the $2.43 million Western & Southern Open, an ATP Masters and U.S. Open Series event.

The fourth-seeded Murray peppered 10th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3 on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Murray is now a lopsided 7-1 lifetime against Simon.

The world No. 12 former top-10 star Simon was a champion in Hamburg last month.

The 2011 Australian Open runner-up Murray captured this Cincinnati Masters tournament back in 2008.

This week's winner will collect $496,000.