Andy Murray moved through to the third round of the US Open with little fuss, hitting thirty winners on his way to a 6-2 6-1 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia. The encounter lasted just 111 minutes, adding to the criticism of the scheduling non-contests on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Murray was dominant on serve throughout, winning over 80% of the points on his first serve and serving 10 aces.
After a disappointing performance against Alex Bogomolov in the last round, Murray avoided a slow start and forced a break point chance from the nervy Dodig in the first game of the match but a sloppy couple of points allowed his opponent to hold. Dodig wasn’t so lucky next time round and hit long to give up the break. An instant chance to rebreak was offered up however, but an easy volley at the net was missed after some great retrieving from Murray. From then on, Murray did not let go winning the last four games of the set and dropping just one more point (and five in the set in total) on serve to take the first set.
The second set followed much the same pattern with Murray continuing to dictate from the baseline. After a double fault brought up break point, Dodig put a forehand wide in an attempt to force the issue. Murray let up on serve a little in the mid part of the set, being taken to deuce twice but never being in break point danger either time. Murray got stronger as the set went on and much like the first he won the final four games of the set without his opponent seeing a game or break point.
Murray was a little more generous in the third set, allowing Dodig to take three games in total. Dodig started the set going 15-30 up on Murray’s serve but couldn’t take advantage, as an ace confirmed the hold. He broke in game four after a double fault and that was it for the match, bar a minor scare where he saved break points, as the pair exchanged holds until the end. After spurning one match point, he made no such mistake on the second as he forced Dodig into hitting it way long to seal a straight foreward victory.
It was a good day for college tennis with the two most recent NCAA champions both shocking much more established opponents. Steve Johnson defeated fellow American Rajeev Ram in three sets, 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 while Bradley Klahn needed five sets to beat a former top 10 star in Jurgen Melzer. Most famous for this unfortunate incident at the US Open two years ago now, hopefully his 4-6 6-3 7-5 5-7 6-4 victory will have him remembered for much better reasons.