Murray ready for Mannarino challenge
By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray will face Adrian Mannarino in the second round of the US Open
- Aljaz Bedene will face Donald Young
NEW YORK, USA- Andy Murray will continues his bid for a second US Open title when he faces ‘tricky’ Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the second round on Thursday.
The third seed is scheduled to play the world number 35 in the third match on Arthur Ashe stadium at approximately 20:00 BST.
Mannarino will pose a very different threat than Nick Kyrgios, who Murray defeated in four sets in the first round. The Frenchman is less explosive but more consistent than the Brit’s previous opponent and provides his own tricky test for the world number three.
“He’s a tricky player,” said the Scot following his match against Kyrgios (Source: BBC SPORT).
“He’s a lefty. He hits the ball extremely flat off both sides and has very short, compact swings, excellent timing. He’s quick, a good athlete with very good hands. He’s a talented guy.”
Murray beat the Frenchman in their only previous meeting at Indian Wells this year 6-3, 6-3. However Murray must not sleep on the world number 35 who is having his best season to date.
Mannarino came through his opening round match in straight sets, defeating Konstantin Kravchuk 7-6(6) 6-4 6-1.
Mannarino said (Source: BBC SPORT) : “Last time he was clearly better than me. It’s going to be very complicated but I’ll try my best.
“I don’t play this kind of guy every day, so it’s also fun to see the difference between us and where I have to work.”
British number two Aljaz Bedene also faces a left handed challenge in his second round contest. American Donald Young, who you may remember from the Davis Cup earlier in the year, will provide stiff competition for the Slovenian born player in his home grand slam.
Bedene will come in fresher of the two men. The Brit’s opening round opponent Ernests Gulbis was forced to retire due to heat cramps mid-way through the third set, whilst Young had to come from two sets down in humid conditions to defeat Gilles Simon.
The Brit is aiming for his first round three appearance at a grand slam and fancies his chances in making the final 32 in New York.
“I played Donald three years ago in Vienna and I beat him, so I know what to expect,” said Bedene (Source: BBC SPORT). “We’ll see if I can get my game onto the court.”
Bedene joins Johanna Konta on court 17 in today’s proceedings. The British women’s number two is first on court to face Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza, Bedene immediately follows.
You can read out preview for that match here.
So plenty of British action to get your teeth into, and no late night/early morning festivities this time around.
You can follow Murray’s, Bedene’s and Konta’s progress via the Britwatch live scoring service: Live Scores