MONTE CARLO: Andy Murray overcame a sluggish start to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a solid 6-3 6-2 victory over Romania's Victor Hanescu.

World number three Novak Djokovic of Serbia demolished qualifier Oscar Hernandez 6-1 6-2, ending the Spaniard's ordeal with a stunning forehand winner.

He will take on either Monaco's Jean-Rene Lisnard or Spain's Albert Montanes, who knocked out compatriot and 16th seed Nicolas Almagro 7-6 4-6 7-6.

Marat Safin won the battle of former world number ones when he tamed Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who claimed the U.S. Men's Clay court Championships on Sunday, 6-4 7-5 in the first round.

Fourth-seeded Murray, who has never made it past the third round in a clay court tournament, was 2-1 down in the opening set after dropping serve in the third game but he woke up to take four games in a row.