Murray came through a tough four setter against Michael Llodra defeating the Frenchman 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(7) to reach the US Open third round for the third time in four attempts.
The man from Dunblane produced some impressive stats against the resistant Llodra, firing 48 winners to just 13 unforced errors. But the stats do not always tell the story, as error-free as his play was the Scot played the match at a very average level and it was his ability top raise his game on vital points that allowed him to pick up the win. He did drop serve on four occasions and was forced to save two set points in the fourth set tie break before securing victory after 2 hours and 33 minutes.
I was very happy with the match, I thought I hit the ball from the back of the court very well. I didn’t feel like I was making many mistakes from the baseline. Not too many unforced errors. He’s a really tough guy to play against, and I was happy I won in four sets.
Andy Murray is making his fourth straight appearance at the US Open and enjoyed his best performance in 2006 when he reached the fourth round losing to the sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko 1-6 7-5 3-6 0-6.
Murray now himself the sixth seed will be looking to once again reach the fourth round on Saturday when he meets Austrian Jurgen Melzer who thrashed Jiri Vanek 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Meltzer is ranked 48 in the world and Murray won their only other meeting in earlier this year. On Meltzer, Murray said,
He’s a tough guy to play against, He doesn’t give you too much rhythm. But I feel like I’m playing well just now. I’m confident and I look forward to the match.