Andy Murray confirmed no indicators of his current cramping points as he rolled previous twenty fourth seed Francisco Cerundolo to succeed in the second spherical of the US Open on Monday.
The 35-year-old went into the match having solely received one match on the north American laborious courts this season and with considerations over persistent cramping however this proved to be a comparatively simple outing in humid circumstances.
Argentinian Cerundolo has received the vast majority of his rating factors on clay and Murray needed to grind his means by loads of lengthy rallies on his option to a 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory, with the one actual adverse a failure to serve out all three units.
It was the primary time Murray has received a straight-sets match at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 5 years in the past, and he mentioned: “That felt like 5 units to me. It’s totally difficult circumstances, very humid and sizzling. I used to be actually proud of the way in which I obtained by that one, it was not straightforward.”
Cerundolo vs Murray: Match Stats
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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 12 months for the primary time, and Murray mentioned of Lendl with a smile: “He is a person of few phrases. He wasn’t saying masses however to have him there supporting me is admittedly essential. 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 form draw. Cerundolo remains to be searching for his first most important draw victory at a serious and is inexperienced on laborious playing cards.
Murray made a shaky begin, dropping his opening service sport on Louis Armstrong Stadium, scene of some tortuous battles for the Scot earlier than it was rebuilt.
He instantly set about making an attempt 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 sport at 5-3.
He was livid within the subsequent sport when Cerundolo was awarded some extent regardless of the ball showing to bounce twice as he lunged to select up a drop volley.
The umpire was powerless to overturn his choice however, after two sluggish movement replays on the massive display screen 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 towards 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 shedding three video games in a row nevertheless it 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 mentioned: “Prime win that. He is had a wonderful 12 months and I knew it was going to be troublesome however I believed I did fairly properly within the essential 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 straightforward going right into a five-set match in these circumstances towards a man who makes you progress rather a lot. With what’s occurred just lately, I did properly mentally to get by that. It is essential to present 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 possibly serve a bit bit higher, which I feel I’ll because the match goes on. The circumstances listed below are once you land the primary serve, it is nice, you will get plenty of free factors. The ball is travelling fast, it is flying a bit so it’s essential get a really feel for it, however as soon as that clicks I am going to play higher.”
The Scot will subsequent face American world No 203 Emilio Nava after the 20-year-old upset veteran Australian John Millman 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 6-7 (7-4) 1-6 6-1.
Edmund makes his Grand Slam return, however bows out to Ruud
Kyle Edmund was crushed by Casper Ruud on his return to Grand Slam tennis however gave an honest account of himself towards the fifth seed.
Edmund had not performed a singles match at any of tennis’ largest occasions for the reason that US Open in 2020, after which he underwent three knee operations earlier than lastly making his return earlier this summer time.
He was given a really powerful draw towards French Open finalist Ruud, who’s a contender for the title, and got here up quick in a 6-3 7-5 6-2 defeat.
Medvedev begins title defence with assured opening win
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev was first out on Arthur Ashe Stadium and he made quick work of American Stefan Kozlov.
Medvedev, one in all 5 males who may finish the match at world No 1, dropped simply six video games in a 6-2 6-4 6-0 victory.
“Most happy to win to begin with – not straightforward circumstances,” mentioned Medvedev, who arrange a gathering with Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech within the second spherical. “Serve was fairly the important thing at the moment.”
Yibing Wu grew to become the primary man from China to win a Grand Slam singles match within the open period when he beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-4 6-0.
The 22-year-old received the 2017 US Open boys singles and doubles titles.