Andy Murray advanced into the third round of the US Open men’s singles after a night session victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday in New York. Murray saw off Matthias Bachinger in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. The 2012 champion broke his opponent who struggled with his serve in the eighth game in the first set and in the first of the second set before taking the third with a superb return of Baschinger’s serve. Murray will face Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia in the third round.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is also through to after annihilating Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1, 6-3, 6-0. The world number one looked to be back to his best after a couple of worrying wobbles in recent weeks. There was also a win for Canada’s Milos Raonic. The fifth seed saw off Peter Gojowczyk 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga progressed after a straight sets win against Oleksandr Nedovyesov. Tsonga saw off the man from Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes and served 13 aces along the way on the Granstand court.
Earlier, Japan’s Kei Nishikori booked his place in the third round at Flushing Meadows thanks to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Pablo Andujar. The match lasted just 63 minutes before the Spaniard was forced to retire through injury.