Andy Murray, the current holder of the US Open title, fired his way into the second round last night with a thumping 6-2 6-4 6-3 victory over France’s Michael Llodra at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Ranked third in the world, the Scotsman did not disappoint spectators and, as usual, he delivered straight off the mark with energetic serves and movement on the court. After just 26 minutes play, Murray had taken the first set and the defending champion showed the American fans what he could really do.
Michael Llodra managed to rally himself to take a 3-0 lead in the second set, providing Murray with a brief shock. However, the British champion showed little panic and came back with some powerful efforts to make the score 6-4 in the second set, leaving himself with only one set left to claim the tie.
The Wimbledon champion made only five errors for the remainder of the match. However, his opponent (whose form began to dip) mustered 29 errors throughout the match time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Murray powered through the third set claiming it 6-3 with some particularly potent backhand efforts allowing him to pass into the next round. He told the BBC after the game: “It was a good start, I played well today.”
He will next face Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer on Friday in the second round. Mayer overcame Romanian tennis star Victor Hanescu in the first round and will prove a difficult opponent.