Murray's groundstrokes forced Stepanek into 32 unforced errors,
and the 17th-ranked Briton hit 14 winners, three of them with his
forehand as Stepanek crowded the net. He will next face 15th-seeded
Juan Ignacio Chela.
"[That's] one of the best matches I've played, not since I've
been back from injury [but] since I've been on the Tour," said
Murray, who missed three months with a wrist injury.
The Scotsman will be meeting with the ATP on Tuesday to discuss
comments he made about gambling in tennis last week that have led
officials to call in experts in an effort to keep the sport free of
Murray backed off his earlier claims that fixed
matches were common knowledge. He said most had heard about the
three or four players who refused to be paid to lose matches.
"As soon as I got here, I got to speak to the players and told
them what happened," Murray said. "Everyone understands what I
meant. I'm glad it's been kind of cleared up."
Ginepri committed more unforced errors (44-35), won fewer
service breaks (2-3) and hit less winners (24-29), but still
managed to overcome the Austrian with the big shot when he needed
The 72nd-ranked Ginepri will play defending champion Roger
Federer, who beat the American in last year's quarterfinals before
ultimately winning in three sets over Fernando Gonzalez for his
first title in Spain.
There are still four places for next month's Masters Cup in
Shanghai up for grabs with less than 100 points separating No. 7
through No. 23 in the points standings. Federer, Rafael Nadal,
Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko have already qualified.