• US Open

Murray through in four sets

ESPN staff
August 31, 2013
Andy Murray lost his first set of the tournament © Getty Images

Defending champion Andy Murray sealed his place in the third round of the US Open after seeing off Leonardo Mayer in four sets at Flushing Meadows.

The world No. 3 took a difficult first set 7-5, and after only dropping one game in the second to take it 6-1, it appeared as though Murray was going to coast into the next round. However, Mayer proved to be a tricky customer, and clinched the third set 6-3. Murray though was not to be denied the win as he claimed the fourth set 6-1 to march on.

"I didn't feel like I served as well today as I did in the first match [against Michael Llodra] - different court, different conditions during the day. I finished the match well today. I played well when I needed to - that's a good sign," Wimbledon champion Murray said.

"I want to keep improving as the tournament goes on. You don't want to play your best right at the beginning, so I hope I can get better."

Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro lost out in the battle of former US Open champions as he was stunned by 2001 winner Lleyton Hewitt, losing 6-4 5-7 3-6 7-6(2) 6-1, while fifth seed Tomas Berdych had no problems in seeing off Denis Kudla 7-6(3) 7-6(3) 6-3.

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