Eighth seed Andy Murray had no problems advancing to the third round at US Open 2014 as he put in a rather routine performance against the World no. 235 Matthias Bachinger. The Olympic champion claimed the opening set by cementing a late break before stealing the German’s serve a couple of times in the second to double the lead. He got back from 0-40 in the fifth game of the set three and broke the 23-year-old opponent several minutes later to secure a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory. Next up for the British champion is 96th-ranked Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia – the athletes have not crossed paths on the professional tour yet.
Milos Raonic, seed number five, faced a tougher test against another unseeded German, Peter Gojowczik. The best Canadian player seized the opener after a closely-fought tie-break, yet the rival leveled the terms after breaking in the twelfth game of the second. The favorite regrouped fast to reestablish the lead and held his nerves to clinch another breaker to grab the last 32 ticket by winning 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3). He is scheduled to play Victor Estrella Burgos of Dominican Republic next.
In the bottom part of the draw, this year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov, seeded seventh, did an excellent job when facing Dudi Sela of Israel. The dominant Bulgarian thrashed the rival around and sent him packing in less than ninety minutes on the court. He dropped only five games en route to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 triumph which will see him meet Belgium’s David Goffin in the round of 32.
Also through to the next round are twentieth seed Frenchman Gael Monfils who eliminated Colombia’s Alejandro Gonzalez 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 and the highest-ranked Croatian Marin Cilic, seed number fourteen – he defeated Illya Marchenko of Russia 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4.
Fourth seed David Ferrer was given a walkover against Bernard Tomic and will take on either Gilles Simon or Federico Delbonis in the third round.