Andy Murray is through to the third round of the US Open after a comfortable 6-2 6-1 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig. The British number one improved considerably on his first round performance, producing an aggressive display of ballstriking to overwhelm his less illustrious opponent.
Murray has been working with Ivan Lendl for nine months now and the Scot's game continues to evolve into something quite special. A year ago Murray would have been perfectly content to sit back and wait for his lower ranked opponent to commit errors. Not so now. He played with a controlled aggression throughout and overwhelmed Dodig with pace and variety.
This game plan is undeniably more risky - as demonstrated in Cincinati a few weeks ago, where an off colour Murray fell apart against Chardy. In that instance the game plan was undone by Murray's own lack of form. This risk aside, playing aggressively in the opening rounds means that it becomes a habit - a handy thing when facing the likes of Federer or Djokovic.
Murray will play Pablo Andujar or Feliciano Lopez in the last 32, some time on Saturday.