US Open: Defending champion Andy Murray beats Michael Llodra 6-2 6-4 6-3
Defending US Open champion Andy Murray raced into the US Open second round with a 6-2 6-4 6-3 win over Michael Llodra.
Last Updated: 29/08/13 7:37am
The match only got underway at 10pm local time in New York - the third-latest start for a US Open night session - after a four-hour rain suspension earlier in the day caused havoc with the schedule.
But the third seed wasn't hanging about and won the match in double-quick time after 98 minutes of action on a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Llodra, 33, is that rare thing in modern tennis, a serve-volleyer, and his attacking game could have caused Murray problems if the Scot showed too many first-night nerves.
But Wimbledon champion Murray broke Llodra in the first and seventh games of the opening set before slipping 0-3 down in the second set against a man he had defeated in all three of their previous meetings.
The 26-year-old stopped the rot to put together five games in a row on his way to securing the second set.
He was a break to the good for 2-1 against old school serve-and-volleyer Llodra in the decider and went to match point after getting the better of a rally which started with his left-handed opponent sending over a cunning under-armed serve.
Murray hit 34 winners against just five unforced errors while Llodra committed 29 unforced errors.
The British No 1 now goes on to face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer for a place in the last 32.
In the day's other matches, former champion Juan Martin del Potro outslugged a gritty Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-4 7-6 to reach the second round.
Del Potro will next play 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, who beat American wild card Brian Baker 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4.
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