New York - Britain's Andy Murray had less
trouble reaching round three at the US Open on Wednesday than he has
this week avoiding the New York paparazzi, who have been hanging on the
Olympic champion's every word.
The Scot stepped up a gear from
his first-round match as he crushed world number 117 Ivan Dodig of
Croatia 6-2 6-1 6-3 under the lights at Flushing Meadows.
he won the gold medal at the London Olympics earlier this month, Murray
has found himself centre of attention wherever he goes, including in New
"There have been a few people hanging around outside my hotel," Murray said in a courtside interview.
"They asked me if I had seen the photographs of Prince Harry,"
referring to the pictures in British tabloid newspapers of a naked
Prince Harry in a Las Vegas hotel.
"I said 'no comment'," Murray laughed.
"Another one asked me what I thought about the Crown Jewels. It's a little bit different to what I'm used to but it's alright."
Dodig can boast wins over Rafa Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but he was
blown away by a rampant Murray, who raised his game from a scratchy
opening-round display under the watchful eye of coach Ivan Lendl.
"I thought I played well," Murray said. "There were a lot of long
rallies and he moves extremely well. I moved my feet very well tonight
and I played well."
The Scot broke in the third game of the match
and never looked back as he clinched a meeting with the winner of the
all-Spanish battle between 30th seed Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Andujar.
Murray will now have two days off before his next match on Saturday but
said the chance of him enjoying a bit of time off before then were
somewhere between slim and none.
"With the coach I have, I'm sure
I'll be back on the practice court tomorrow," he laughed. "I'll try to
do something tomorrow(Wednesday) night."
Results from the third day of the US Open on on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB x8) bt Guillaume Rufin (FRA) 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
Brian Baker (USA) bt Jan Hajek (CZE) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Grega Zemlja (SLO) bt Ricardo Mello (BRA) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB x29) 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Benoit Paire (FRA) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-0, 6-2 - retired
John Isner (USA x9) bt Xavier Malisse (BEL) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (11/9)
Richard Gasquet (FRA x13) bt Albert Montanes (ESP) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x28) 2-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) bt Tobias Kamke (GER) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
Igor Sijsling (NED) bt Daniel Gimeno (ESP) 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP x4) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Lukasz Kubot (POL) 6-4, 6-4, 7-5
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x7) bt Florent Serra (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4
Steve Johnson (USA) bt Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Tommy Robredo (ESP) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x26) 6-1, 7-5, 6-3
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) bt Tommy Haas (GER x21) 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Benjamin Becker (GER) 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x19) bt Michael Llodra (FRA) 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-1
Bradley Kahn (USA) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x1) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-2, 6-2
Zheng Jie (CHN x28) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-3, 6-1
Mandy Minella (LUX) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-4, 6-4
Li Na (CHN x9) bt Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-4, 6-4
Varvara Lepchenko (USA x31) bt Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 6-2, 6-2
Mallory Burdette (USA) bt Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 6-2, 6-4
Nadia Petrova (RUS x19) bt Simona Halep (ROM) 6-1, 6-1
Lucie Safarova (CZE x15) bt Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL x25) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Petra Kvitova (CZE x5) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-4, 6-3
Laura Robson (GBR) bt Kim Clijsters (BEL x23) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM) 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x17) 6-1, 6-2
Samantha Stosur (AUS x7) bt Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROM) 6-3, 6-0
Maria Sharapova (RUS x3) bt Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) 6-0, 6-1
Marion Bartoli (FRA x11) bt Romina Oprandi (SUI) 6-1, 1-6, 7-5