US Open: Defending champion Andy Murray races to victory in first round

He was a break to the good for 2-1 against 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. Andy Murray hit 34 winners against just five unforced errors while Michael Llodra committed 29 unforced errors.

updated: August 29, 2013 09:48 IST
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New York: Defending US Open champion Andy Murray raced into the US Open second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over veteran France's Michael Llodra on Wednesday.

The third seeded Murray, who snapped Britain's 76-year wait for a men's Grand Slam champion when he triumphed in New York last year, needed just 98 minutes to get past the 33-year-old Llodra.

The match only got underway at 9:55 p.m. (0155GMT) -- 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.

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