By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray defeats Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the US Open
- The Brit came through on Arthur Aske 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
- He will play Adrian Mannarino in roud two.
NEW YORK, USA- Andy Murray has booked his place In the second round of the US Open after a four sets victory over Nick Kyrgios in the Arthur Ashe night session.
The third seed needed two hours and 43 minutes to defeat the talented, yet unpredictable Aussie 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 under the lights.
“It was tough and I had to do a lot of running in very humid conditions,” said Murray in his post match on court interview. “I’m getting old now – 28 years old. I need to get in the ice bath and cool off a bit.”
Right away 20 the year old laid out his intentions, earning a break point in Murray’s opening service game before finally breaking at 1-1. The lead was short lived as Murray was able to break back before a bullet return sealed the first set 7-5.
The second was also tight with both men earning chances to break. However it would be the Brit that would finally break serve at 3-2, and he served it out 6-3 to earn a two sets lead.
As expected Kyrgios brought the fireworks to Arthur Ashe stadium with some mesmerising play. We also got some of the on court antics we have become accustomed to when the Aussie takes to court. He smashed a racket at the beginning of the third set after failing to convert break points.
Kyrgios would take an early lead in the third set but was immediately broken back to love. His aggressive play was finally rewarded at 5-4 where a tight service game from the Brit gifted the 20 year old the set after a double fault.
We were set for a potentially gruelling third set with the match firmly poised, but what we got was the complete opposite. Murray upped the ante in the fourth as the Aussie began to fade. An early break set the tone as Murray raced through the fourth set in half an hour. It culminated in yet another break of serve as Kyrgios’ resistance had evaporated in the heat.
The British number one converted the first match point to claim a 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory.
Murray had to battle to get through this tough opening encounter. The Scot- who has not lost a first round match at a grand slam since 2008- recognised the challenge the young Aussie brought to the table.
“He’s unpredictable,” said Murray (Source: BBC SPORT). “He can play all of the shots, he serves extremely well, he’s a fantastic athlete, a big guy, covers the court extremely well. It’s tough to get the ball out of his strike zone.
“It was a very tricky match and I just fought hard, mixed it up and managed to get through.”
The world number three, who won the title here in 2012, will play Frenchman Adrian Mannarino In round two. He overcame Kontantin Kravchuck in straight sets in his first round match-up.
This is not the last we will hear from Kyrgios as he could be returning to Great Britain for the Davis Cup in Glasgow. He could potentially rematch Murray a week following the US Open. He will then serve a suspension for comments made about Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend during their match in Montreal.
Overall the British men have gone 2-1 in the first round with Aljaz Bedene scoring a victory earlier on in the day. James Ward however could not find his way through to the second round. You can read how they got on here.
It was a mixed day for British women. You can read how Johanna Konta and Laura Robson got on in their openers here.
As for Murray, he will return to court on Thursday for his second round encounter.
Murray and Bedene are scheduled to play on Thursday. You can follow their progress via the Britwatch livescoring service: Live Scores