Andy Murray confirmed no indicators of his current cramping points as he rolled previous twenty fourth seed Francisco Cerundolo to achieve the second spherical of the US Open on Monday.
The 35-year-old went into the event having solely gained one match on the north American exhausting courts this season and with considerations over persistent cramping however this proved to be a comparatively easy outing in humid circumstances.
Argentinian Cerundolo has gained nearly all of his rating factors on clay and Murray needed to grind his manner by way of loads of lengthy rallies on his method to a 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory, with the one actual unfavorable a failure to serve out all three units.
It was the primary time Murray has gained a straight-sets match at a grand slam since Wimbledon 5 years in the past, and he stated: “That felt like 5 units to me. It is very difficult circumstances, very humid and sizzling. I used to be actually proud of the best way I acquired by way of that one, it was not simple.”
Cerundolo vs Murray: Match Stats
|67%||1st serve win proportion||75%|
|25%||2nd serve win proportion||43%|
|82/185||Complete factors gained||103/185|
Ten years on from his maiden grand slam title, and with Ivan Lendl again in his field, Murray maintains optimism that he can have extra memorable Grand Slam days.
On-court teaching is allowed this yr for the primary time, and Murray stated of Lendl with a smile: “He is a person of few phrases. He wasn’t saying hundreds however to have him there supporting me is de facto vital. He is nonetheless there supporting me at this stage in my profession when many individuals would not.”
He has not been past the second spherical at Flushing Meadows since 2016 however this was a sort draw. Cerundolo remains to be on the lookout for his first principal draw victory at a serious and is inexperienced on exhausting playing cards.
Murray made a shaky begin, dropping his opening service recreation on Louis Armstrong Stadium, scene of some tortuous battles for the Scot earlier than it was rebuilt.
He instantly set about attempting to make sure this may not be one other, profitable 4 video games in a row and showing poised to take the primary set solely to play an terrible service recreation at 5-3.
He was livid within the subsequent recreation when Cerundolo was awarded a degree regardless of the ball showing to bounce twice as he lunged to select up a drop volley.
The umpire was powerless to overturn his determination however, after two gradual movement replays on the massive display backed up Murray, Cerundolo sportingly awarded the purpose to his opponent – a gesture the Scot thanked him for after the match.
Cerundolo, who had misplaced all 4 earlier matches in opposition to British gamers, nonetheless held serve however then donated the set to his opponent two video games later with a double fault.
Murray cruised right into a 5-0 lead within the second earlier than dropping three video games in a row but it surely was the Scot primarily in full management now and, barring one other failure to serve out a set, he completed strongly.
Chatting with Prime Video, Murray stated: “High win that. He is had a wonderful yr and I knew it was going to be troublesome however I believed I did fairly properly within the vital moments. It was getting powerful in the direction of the top and I feel each of us have been bodily struggling a bit.
“I believed I did properly contemplating that mentally it isn’t simple going right into a five-set match in these circumstances in opposition to a man who makes you progress rather a lot. With what’s occurred lately, I did properly mentally to get by way of that. It is vital to offer myself a pat on the again with that stuff typically as a result of it is uncommon that anybody else does.”
He added: “I hope (to be) fairly harmful. If I play like that and perhaps serve somewhat bit higher, which I feel I’ll because the event goes on. The circumstances listed here are whenever you land the primary serve, it is nice, you may get plenty of free factors. The ball is travelling fast, it is flying a bit so you want to get a really feel for it, however as soon as that clicks I will play higher.”
Medvedev begins title defence with assured opening win
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev was first out on Arthur Ashe Stadium and he made brief work of American Stefan Kozlov.
Medvedev, one among 5 males who may finish the event at world No 1, dropped simply six video games in a 6-2 6-4 6-0 victory.
“Most happy to win to start with – not simple circumstances,” stated Medvedev, who arrange a gathering with Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech within the second spherical. “Serve was fairly the important thing right now.”
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