New York (dpa) – Andy Murray recovered from the depths for the eighth
time in his career, constructing a 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 fightback
to reach the third round of the US Open on Thursday over Adrian
Mannarino in summer steam-bath conditions.
Third seed Murray came back from two sets to love in style against
his opponent, firing 21 aces and 45 winners to advance after nearly
three and a half hours in the humidity.
The win secured Murray’s status as a conqueror of both Frenchmen and
left-handed players as he dealt Mannarino a 14th career loss against
top 10 opponents.
Murray stands 29-2 against French players dating back nearly three
years and stands 11-0 against lefties this season.
His marriage luck also seems to be holding, with the 28-year-old
winning 37 of 41 matches since marrying Kim Sears in April.
French Open champion and fifth seed Stan Wawrinka got a workout from
South Korean young gun Chung Hyeon before scratching out a 7-6 (7-2),
7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6) second-round win.
It took more than three hours for the Swiss to shake off the teenaged
Asian challenge and claim the 100th grand slam victory of his career.
He fired 62 winners in his effort.
“I feel good in general. Happy to get through in three sets. I played
really three good tiebreaks in general. It was tough today, more
difficult than last year.
“More humid, more warm. You have to really be careful how you get
ready for the match, what you eat, what you’re gonna do and what
you’re gonna take during the match.
“Normally I’m ready physically to battle for long hours in those
conditions. Today was hot, was humid, but still we play(ed) three
hours and I’m feeling okay.”
Wawrinka improved to 18-2 in play at the majors this season, reaching
the quarter-finals or better at the first three majors. Chung missed
his chance to become the first South Korean to advance to the New
York third round since Lee Hyung-Taik in 2007.
The 19-year-old Chung saved a match point in the 12th game of the
third set to take it into another tiebreaker; he also had a point for
a 4-0 lead in the second set against his experienced opponent, a
double grand slam champion.
American 13th seed John Isner beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4, 6-4;
15th seed Kevin Anderson rolled Austin Krajicek 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Jack Sock was treated for heat exhaustion on court after quitting to
hand over a 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 win to Ruben Bemelmans. “Playing in
the US Open is the biggest and most important moment of the season
for me, so having to retire is extremely disappointing.”
Women’s second seed Simona Halep beat Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3, 6-4
while poor form continued for Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza,
who lost the longest women’s match in tournament history.
“It was a tough match. She was playing really well. She came after
two years’ break and she was amazing,” said Halep. Bondarenka was
competing at the event for the first time in three years after having
Spain’s ninth seed Muguruza lost her third match of the four she has
played since facing Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final two months
Muguruza, who split with her coach, went down to British qualifier
Johanna Konta of Britain, who sprang a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2
surprise with ten aces; Muguruza was weighted down by 13
double-faults in the loss.
The epic lasted for 3 hours 23 minutes, beating by seven minutes the
previous mark set in 2011 when Samantha Stosur defeated Nadia
“I am so tired. I think both of us were,” said Konta, who won with 10
aces in the draining heat which exceeded 30 Celsius. “She didn’t play
her best but she is an incredible fighter and always brings a top-10
“I came out to give my best. I was humble enough to know that she
could beat me so I fought and chased down every ball.”
German 11th seed Angelique Kerber advanced over Italian Karin Knapp
7-5, 6-2. Number 16 Sara Errani took revenge for Italy with her
comeback defeat of Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.
2010 champion Samantha Stosur, who copped an insult from tournament
officials when she was told to take a bus instead of a private car to
the site this week, crushed Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-1 to advance.
The win came a day after the Aussie was forced from a practise court
by Serena Williams, a move which did not go down well. “She kicked me
off my practice court yesterday … so a few issues,” said the
German Andrea Petkovic beat Russian Elena Vesnina 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to
next face Konta, winner of 15 matches in a row since Wimbledon.
Former number one Victoria Azarenka continued her comeback after 2014
injuries with a 7-5, 6-4 defeat of Yanina Wickmayer.