(September 1, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY- Andy Murray, the defending US Open champion had a tight first set but then rolled over his opponent Florian Mayer 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-2. It was last year where he began the first man from Great Britain to win a major since 1936.
Murray moves into the fourth found with the win.
“I was struggling breathing for most of the match,” Murray said. “I just went to the toilet. It was quite a long set. When it’s that humid, you tend to try and take on as much fluid as you can.
Murray will play Denis Istomin next. “Technically he’s very sound,” said the Scot. “He’s a good player. He hits the ball very flat. He served extremely well today I think in his match. I saw some of the stats at the end.
“Yeah, he’s played well. He had a very good match with Novak in Montréal. He’s had some good wins this week, as well.”
No. 5 Tomas Berdych routed No. 31 seed Julien Benneteau 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. The Czech has not lost a set so far this US Open.
“Today it was good,” Berdych said. “It was a bit hot, a bit humid, but otherwise tennis was good, you know.
“Finally I managed to stay focused from the first point till the last. You know, didn’t do any ups and downs, just took all my chances that I had, and win in straight sets.”
He’ll play Stanislas Wawrinka in the round of 16. Wawrinka beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (7).
“He’s a great player, really strong player, powerful player,” Wawrinka said to Berdych.
“It’s always tough to play against him. Usually we had some great battle together. I need to adapt a little bit my game, because he’s so powerful, so I need to change a little bit.
“Yeah, you know, he’s not really happy to play against me. He doesn’t like my game. We practice a few times together. I know if I’m if fit and if I play well, I have some chance.”
Lleyton Hewitt, US Open Champion 11 years ago is now in the fourth round of Flushing Meadows. He took out Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6‑3, 7‑6, 3‑6, 6‑1. It’s the first time since 2006, the Australian has made the fourth round of the US Open.
“I came out aggressive at the start and I played well right at the start to get up that early break,” Hewitt said. “That was sort of the telling point for that first set really.
“I served a lot better today, as well; hit my spots well. Even my second serve, whenever I was under pressure I didn’t give him too many chances to run around and take second cuts on my second serve, which was positive.”