Murray cruises past Llodra in late-night win

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Andy Murray began his US Open campaign with a convincing 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over 49th-ranked Michael Llodra under the lights.

The defending champion had to wait until Wednesday’s evening session to play his first match. A rain delay held back the day session so it wasn’t until 9.55pm local time that the players took to the court: the third-latest start for a US Open evening session in recorded history.

The 33-year-old Frenchman is one of the few serve-and-volley players left on the tour. It’s a style that Murray is very comfortable with as it plays to his return of serve strengths. The world number 3 looked sharp from the outset, making only 5 unforced errors. Apart from a minor second-set blip he faced few problems in advancing to round 2, moving very well and producing accurate passing shots to counteract Llodra’s net-rushing game.

Murray got off to the perfect start. One of many entertaining exchanges at the net set up two break points; Llodra saved one with a big serve but sent a backhand long on the second. An ill-timed double fault from the Frenchman in the seventh game gave Murray a double-break advantage, and he duly served out a 6-2 set.

The world number 3 had seemed in control at this point, but a temporary loss of focus saw him concede an early break to trail 0-2. But he responded well, breaking back with precision passing shots that stranded Llodra at the net. Murray broke again to lead *4-3 and comfortably closed out a 6-4 set.

In the third set, Murray’s breakthrough came in the third game. Llodra netted his backhand, bringing up two break points: the second was converted with a crunching crosscourt backhand return. The Brit was untroubled on serve, apart from having to save a break point at *4-3.

Serving at *3-5, 0-30, with all hope of a comeback gone, the flamboyant Frenchman resorted to entertaining the crowd, surprising everyone by serving underarm. Murray was unfazed, going on to claim victory with a pinpoint accurate lob that sailed over the Parisian’s head.

Murray will next play Argentine Leonardo Mayer who beat Victor Hanescu in four sets.
Thanks for another good report Katie.  I've just watched the edited version so far but look forward to watching the whole match as I liked what I saw.  A great start for Andy and good for him not allowing all the frustrations of the scheduling and the rain to get to him.  I know nothing about his next opponent I must admit and I think they've only met once.
August 29, 2013, 10:01 AM
By Ruthie

Love the report Katie, will be watching it again at 3pm Sky 1 Smile
August 29, 2013, 10:05 AM
By ChrisMac

Thanks for the report Katie! I missed the match, but it sounds like fun! Maybe someone will post it up on here at some point!
August 29, 2013, 10:14 AM
By Caz

Thanx katie clap I too missed the match. Sounds quite angst free too... Rolling Eyes
August 29, 2013, 10:21 AM
By blueberryhill

Another good report Katie. I stayed up to watch it and it was well worth only getting a couple of hours sleep.I'll record the match highlights at 3pm. We now know what Andy is intent on achieving.
August 29, 2013, 10:27 AM
By michelle

Good report and excellent photo. As I don't have the benefit of Sky it was great to see Andy's new outfit.    Many thanks
August 29, 2013, 12:54 PM
By benniebone

So from watching his post match press conference, it looks like the plan was for the night session yesterday to be Rafa's 2nd round match but due to the weather Andy was put in that slot instead, so i suppose it's testament to his new found place in the tennis pantheon that they chose to stick with putting his match on at night, he certainly entertained the crowd. Andy even said he was expecting to have his match moved to a different court.

In the end it's workd out nicely for Andy, Rafa and a few others have had a 2 day gap between matches, and at this early stage i can't see that as being ideal for rhythm etc.
August 29, 2013, 01:28 PM
By The Gnome

Great match report for a great match. Thanks Katie.

When I saw the pics of the red outfit a while back I wasn't sure about it. Actually on, it looks great. It makes Andy stand out without being garish.

It was great to see (even in highlights) Andy playing such a calm, collected first round. Mind you, that happens a lot now.

I'm glad they stuck with Andy on Ashe. It says a lot about his place in the game, but he also loves the night matches, so I think it was good for him. He definitely showed he deserved to be on there.
August 29, 2013, 03:47 PM
By teejay1

great report, and loved the picture, lovely look on Andy's face.  I have to agree that his first rounds are getting less stressful to watch as Andy seems more confident.
August 29, 2013, 06:17 PM
By Apollo

Wasn't it weird that Jake Garner was umpiring Andy's match last night? He did the final last year. If there hadn't been any matches before Andy's this year (and God knows there have been!) I'd swear Jake had spent the last 12 months stuck in the seat.
August 29, 2013, 06:36 PM
By teejay1

Thanks, Katie - My word, that's a very relaxed smile from Andy - love it! 
August 29, 2013, 06:38 PM
By Elly

How strange, in the pic, which is great, Andy's shirt does look orange. It was definitely red on my TV. Maybe red with an orange hue, but definitely red.
August 29, 2013, 06:55 PM
By teejay1

Well done, Andy! Watched it this morning.  Very enjoyable!  Nice report, Katie.
August 29, 2013, 06:59 PM
By adb..OH

Good result and good report from Katie.  Toppers!
August 29, 2013, 10:38 PM
By lashurst

Well done to Andy on his win such a shame that I missed it Hope i get to see his next match as I don't like to miss any of Andy's matches. Great report Katie thanks.
August 29, 2013, 10:48 PM
By caroline

How strange, in the pic, which is great, Andy's shirt does look orange. It was definitely red on my TV. Maybe red with an orange hue, but definitely red.

Ditto! Very Andy. Reminds me of his Asian swing a couple years ago!
August 29, 2013, 11:24 PM
By wimbledonwestie

watched the whole match now - very enjoyable indeed and some great shot making from Andy.  Llodra does seem to bring out the best of him in terms of relaxed, sharp tennis.
August 30, 2013, 08:03 AM
By Ruthie

August 30, 2013, 09:34 AM
By Mark

great exchange to capture Mark
August 30, 2013, 10:10 AM
By Ruthie

That exchange was fabulous, but how good are Andy's hands!
August 30, 2013, 08:57 PM
By teejay1

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