Murray coasts through to last sixteen


Originally published on: 05/09/11 02:49

Andy Murray comfortably ousted Feliciano Lopez 6-1 6-4 6-2 in less than two hours to win his first match under the lights in New York and set up a fourth round clash with Donald Young.

With movement the main issue in his topsy-turvy second round clash with Robin Haase, the Scot was back on song against Lopez, winning his sixth straight clash with the Spaniard despite having to deal with tough humidity.

“[Today] was better,” said Murray, who won the first 14 points and did not drop a single point on serve in the first set. “The conditions were tough to start, but after having a long match the other day it was good to be done quickly in a night match. I enjoy playing guys who come to net against me. He’s not an easy guy to play against, but he does make a lot of errors at times.”

The Scot got the decisive break in the second set at 4-4 and broke Lopez to love at the start of the third, firing to victory with 76% of his first serves hitting the target and scoring 25 winners.

Murray’s next opponent, Donald Young, beat No.24 seed Juan Igancio Chela and while the Scot is a clear favourite to defeat the world No.84, he’ll have to overturn a losing record. Murray lost to the American during his now-customary post Australian Open slump in form, falling 7-6 6-3 when their par met in Indian Wells.

“He can hit winners from all parts of the court,” said Murray of Young. “He comes forward and volleys well. He’s very flashy and can get on a roll.”

Not to put the jitters into anyone, but not too dissimilar to Robin Haase then?


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