US OPEN 2014
Murray, Raonic Advance In New York
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The 2012 champion and this year's eighth seed wrapped up the match in one hour and 45 minutes without dropping serve, and breaking Bachinger on four of 12 break point opportunities. The World No. 9 showed no effects from the cramping he experienced against Robin Haase in the first round.
"Monday was very, very hot, humid conditions. And tonight, it was pretty cool at the end. Extremely windy; a different court," said Murray. "Each day in tennis, things change. So you just got to move on, trust the work that you've done, get ready for the next match."
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"It's tough to play [Gojowczyk] when he's making those shots and moving as well as he was in the beginning," said Raonic. "He sort of slowed down in the end, as did I. Not because I was tired. I was playing the wrong way. I was sort of letting myself fall into his routine. Then I just picked it up at the end."
Raonic, the winner of the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge, avenged his loss to Gojowczyk in Halle two months ago - their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The World No. 6 next plays 34-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic for a berth in the fourth round.
Russian Andrey Kuznetsov also advanced with an upset of 31st seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in three hours and 12 minutes. The 23 year old matched his best Grand Slam result; earlier this year, he beat David Ferrer en route to the Wimbledon third round (l. to Mayer).
Verdasco’s countryman, 16th seed Tommy Robredo, fared better in his grueling five-setter, coming back from two sets down to beat Italian Simone Bolleli 5-7, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Robredo, who upset Roger Federer last year in the fourth round en route to a quarter-final finish, next meets Australian Nick Kyrgios, who continued his Grand Slam hot streak with a 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-4 triumph over Andreas Seppi. Kyrgios, 19, ousted Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon en route to the Wimbledon quarter-finals last month.
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