Andy Murray def Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
After days of disgruntled tweeting from fans and British journalists, defending champion Andy Murray finally took to the court for the first late-starting night match on the third fday of the US Open. The day had been dirupted heavily with rain, and it was a push to get all the men’s first round matches completed.
Murray started brightly, as did Llodra and right from the start the players were showing off their all-court versatility, giving those who had waited pateintly (if not a little soggily) for the night session to start a real show.
It was not all plain sailing for Murray though, who quickly found himself behind in the second set as Llodra stepped up another gear, but it was not long before Murray had broken back and was in control again.
The final set was business-like and it was a relief that it had completed under the constantly threatening weather of Day Three.
Murray meets Leonardo Mayer in the second round.
Laura Robson def Caroline Garcia 6-4 7-6(5)
Earlier in the day, Robson had no sooner stepped on court than the weather closed in, sending the players off rapidly. Her court was the last to restart and she had her hands full with fellow teenager Caroline Garcia. Robson’s serving was much improved and those double faults had fallen quite considerably, although the fiery Frenchwoman was less than impressed to lose the first set, sending a verbal volley to her support team.
Meanwhile Robson called the trainer to get her injured wrist re-taped, before starting very strongly in the second set.
Robson was pushed all the way in the second set, having to defend a surge from Garcia, who broke late to serve for the second set, but she could not make it count, leaving Robson to mop up a straight sets win.
She sets up a repeat third round match with Li Na, whom she got the better of this time last year.