US Open: Andy Murray defeats Marcel Granollers in straight sets
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 03/09/16 12:05pm
Andy Murray continued his routine progression at the US Open after beating Marcel Granollers in the second round.
The British No 1 wasn't troubled by his Spanish opponent and sealed a 6-4 6-1 6-4 win on Thursday to book a third-round spot.
Granollers, the world No 45, initially offered some resistance at the conclusion of the opening set - Murray's early break gave him a significant advantage but he wasn't allowed to stroll over the finishing line.
A 5-2 lead was cut short when Granollers surprisingly broke his serve to remain in the set - Murray dug deep to immediately break back, requiring seven set points.
The second set was a far easier affair as Granollers began to wilt - the world No 2 needed less than 35 minutes, twice breaking his opponent's serve and cruising through his own service games.
The Spaniard caught a second wind in the third set and, for long periods, was good value for parity but Murray converted the second of two break point chances to move 5-4 ahead. He served out his second consecutive straight sets win of the US Open.
Murray said afterwards: "It was tough obviously, had it gone to 5-5 then the first set becomes a really tough one and all the pressure is on me at the end of that set.
"Thankfully I got through that 5-4 game and the momentum was back with me."
He will play Gilles Simon or Paolo Lorenzi in the third round.
Fifth seed Kei Nishikori beat Karen Khachanov 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3.