Murray breezes past Dodig

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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.
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Just watching the match now. Andy's serve still not firing on all cylinders and Dodig won some good points but just couldn't keep the momentum going.

Good going for Andy so far. goodjob
August 30, 2012, 08:08 AM
By Bevc

Well Done  Andy, just going to watch now.
August 30, 2012, 08:34 AM
By deb

Well played Laura, good girl.
August 30, 2012, 08:36 AM
By deb

Will watch later today.  Good to read that Andy played so well.  But worrying that serve still not quite there - does anyone have the serve percentages?  Couldn't glean anything other than score line from radio reports as quite rightly they were focused on Laura's amazing victory, which I saw end of when I came in.
August 30, 2012, 09:06 AM
By Ruthie

Will watch later today.  Good to read that Andy played so well.  But worrying that serve still not quite there - does anyone have the serve percentages?  Couldn't glean anything other than score line from radio reports as quite rightly they were focused on Laura's amazing victory, which I saw end of when I came in.

1st set ended up 50% (only set I've watched so far). 

Yes, great win for Laura and a tad sad to see Kim go wave 
August 30, 2012, 09:14 AM
By Bevc

1st set ended up 50% (only set I've watched so far).  

Yes, great win for Laura and a tad sad to see Kim go wave  
Thanks Bev. Well better than 1st set in 1st match but hope it improved as match went on.  Yes it was a bitter sweet triumph for Laura who said Kim had been a role model to her.  In the studio she called it a bummer,

Here are the match stats pasted from bbc website.  abit jumbled up I'm afraid but they show 57% 1st serve which not too bad but he really needs to get over 60%.  Good to see he went to the net 21 times and good number of winners and aces.  V positive comments on BBC site.   Ovarend made the point also about Lendly wanting him to play aggressively against lesser opponents so that it's habit by the time he meets the top guys.

Match stats
Murray   Dodig  
10
 Aces
 3
 
133mph
 Fastest serve
 129mph
 
57%
 First serves
 56%
 
30
 Winners
 23
 
21
 Unforced errors
 27
 
6/9
 Break points
 0/3
 
16/21
 Net pts
 22/35
 

 
August 30, 2012, 09:25 AM
By Ruthie

67% 2nd set Ruthie.
August 30, 2012, 09:43 AM
By Bevc

My comms are Luke Jensen and Al Trautwig. They were quite funny commenting on how Lendl was during the match - he's excited and thrilled with how the match is going lol
August 30, 2012, 09:47 AM
By Bevc

This night owl did watch the match and was impressed with Andy's solid, aggressive performance throughout.  His serve may have been erratic but he did manage to fire down the occasional ace and he also held his nerve when it came to playing the big points.  His composure too was impeccable.

Dodig however played his part in making the match an entertaining one for the night-time NY crowd and the score doesn't quite reflect the quality of his game, so credit where credit's due, but if Andy can maintain this level of play there's no reason why he shouldn't go far into this tournament.
August 30, 2012, 09:49 AM
By Aileen

Come on yay
August 30, 2012, 09:50 AM
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How many Grand Slams will Murray win in his career?
1-2
3-5
6-8
9+