Relieved Murray hustles into fourth round at Open

Sun Sep 6, 2015 12:22am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Third seed Andy Murray finally enjoyed a straight-forward win after two earlier battles to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci on Saturday.

Murray, who won his first major at the 2012 U.S. Open a year before winning Wimbledon, had fought back from two sets down to beat France's Adrian Mannarino in the second round after needing four sets to beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in his opening match.

A routine win on a cool, comfortable night after a week of stifling heat gave Murray, who has also battled a head cold, the last berth in the fourth round and should prime the Scotsman for the pressures of the later stages at the year's last grand slam.

"Conditions were so much nicer to play in today," the world number three said. "Like after long rallies, you weren't really struggling for breath as much.

"The first couple rounds, it really doesn't get much harder than that. Maybe it will get bad again, but they're some of the toughest conditions you'll play in during the year.

"To get through those matches, especially the second one, was important."

Murray, whose voice was gravelly earlier in the week from the effects of his cold, was feeling better about his tennis and his health.

"I slept during the day yesterday two or three times," he said. "Today I got up, and I slept again before coming out to the courts. Today I felt much, much better.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Great Britain waves to the crowd after his match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil (not pictured) on day six of the 2015 U.S.   Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports  / Reuters