2008 US Open: Andy Murray Breezes by Roitman

us open 2008 tennisAndy Murray secured a comfortable win in his opening match at the 2008 US Open against Argentina’s Sergio Roitman – the 21 year old Scot secured a 6-3 6-4 6-0 victory to claim his place in the second round at Flushing Meadows.

Andy Murray comes into the US Open, having suffered probably his worst defeat of the year in the first round of the Olympics two weeks ago, any signs that he was suffering any hang ups form this were quickly squashed with Murray breaking the world number 107 Roitman in the Argentines opening service game and was rarely threatened in a match he controlled right from the off.

I’m feeling really confident just now regardless of what happened in Beijing, I feel I’m hitting the ball well. I feel mentally strong and physically I’m not tired so I want to do well here and this was a good start. I thought it was pretty decent, I didn’t lose my serve the whole match. I thought he played pretty well for about a set-and-a-half. He was hitting his forehand really hard and making me do a bit of running. It was a decent test and I came through it pretty well.

Murray will face much sterner tests in his matches to come, he was always expected to beat Roitman comfortably, who has lost all nine of his previous Grand Slam matches. Two ares of Murray’s game that could do with sharpening up was his first serve % and his second serve – These two areas have been Murray’s weakness all season and will need to improve both these areas against better players. Murray’s first serve % today was only 50% and the second serve was far too short, something that the likes of Rafael Nadal will eat up.

Murray has cemented his “fourth favorite” position behind the big 3 Nadal, Federer and Djokovic – Nadal struggled through his opening match, 3 set encounter took nearly 3 hours and the Spaniard needed on court treatment for some blisters. Roger Federer will kick of his defence of his title tomorrow and Djokovic will play on Wednesday. 

Murray should next be on court on Thursday and will face Michael Llodra in round two after the Frenchman beat Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4). Llodra and his French compatriot Arnaud Clement to beat the Murray’s in the Olympics doubles two weeks ago. A good chance for some swift revenge.