Murray advances to fourth round, faces Tsonga next

Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:05pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andy Murray had his stamina and patience tested at Louis Armstrong Stadium in a third-round battle against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on Saturday, but came through in good shape.

Hit with cramp during his first-round win, Murray double-faulted to send the match to a fourth set but then swiftly took care of business in a 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-2 win.

"He played some good stuff at the end of the second set and all through the third," eighth seed Murray said. "I just tried to stay solid in the fourth set and thankfully it paid off.

"I feel better than I did in the first match, obviously. I made sure I did everything properly. I ate properly, drank properly and I felt a lot better today."

Murray had more trouble with the swirling wind around the Armstrong Stadium court and the cramped area beyond the baseline, as opposed to the center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"The wind swirls a lot on that (Armstrong) court. It can be windy on Ashe, but normally it goes in one direction," said Murray, the 2012 U.S. Open winner and 2013 Wimbledon champion, who has often struggled at the Open's second featured court.

"Also it's a very tight, tight court as well. There's not much runback compared with Ashe. I don't know, outside the lines there's not that much space."

Murray became annoyed at the lack of room at one point when he was headed toward a camera while chasing down a ball.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 30, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)