Murray survives Mannarino
By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray comes from two sets down to defeat Adrian Mannarino
- The Brit came through 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
- Aljaz Bedene loses in four sets to Donald Young
NEW YORK, USA- Andy Murray is the last Brit standing after coming from two sets down to defeat Adrian Mannarino and book a third round place at the US Open.
The British number one was pushed to the limit by the Frenchman, but ultimately the class of the world number three shone through.
Murray went behind early but managed to break back in a long first set that lasted an hour. Mannarino however would be the one to ultimately make the breakthrough. The Frenchman broke at 6-5 and saved break points whilst serving out the first set for 7-5.
The world number 35 was playing some of the best tennis of his career and soon found himself in a promising position. A love break at 4-4 was followed by a love service game as Mannrino incredibly found himself two sets up.
Murray was struggling to convert his chances, but as we have seen many times before the world number three managed to raise his game on the brink of defeat. He was finally able to break through early in the third set. That was consolidated with a double break as the momentum began to shift in favour of the Brit.
The third seed could not convert his break point opportunities at the start of the fourth but managed to break at 1-1 to secure a lead. With Mannarino flailing, Murray stepped up the pressure and broke again to level the score at two sets all.
From starring in the eyes of defeat little over an hour ago, Murray now had the third round in his sights. The Brit cruised through the final set to wrap up a difficult victory 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. Yo Adrian, you almost did it!
Murray will now go on to face another leftie in Thomaz Bellucci in round three. The Brazilian backed up his victory over James Ward with another straight sets win earlier today.
Young schools Bedene
Following Johanna Konta’s upset win over Garbine Muguruza, Aljaz Bedene was looking to make it 2/2 for Brits on court 17. However it was not to be for the British number two as he was dumped out by Donald Young in four sets- Son of a biscuit!
The American rallied from a set down to send the Slovenian born player packing 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and a quarter hours- So not quite as long as the previous match.
Bedene was the first to lose serve, but he broke straight back to level the set. He would later go on to break the Young serve for a second and third time to seal the set 6-3.
Inspired by the crowd support, The American was keen to avoid another disappointment against a Brit. In a break filled second set the world number 68 managed to squeeze through 6-4. He would take the third set by the same score line as errors started to creep in to the Bedene game.
Despite Young having a marathon opening rounder again Gilles Simon, he looked to be coping with the humid conditions better than the Brit. Surprising considering Bedene only played two and a half sets against Ernests Gulbis.
The American would breeze through the fourth set with a double break before serving it out 6-2.
It is the end of the road for the British number two who did not quite have enough in the tank to achieve his career best grand slam performance. However, Bedene is still in contention for a career high finish within the top 50 and is having his best season to date so far.
Murray will take to court again on Saturday for his third round match. You can follow his progress via Live Scores