US Open: Andy Murray hits out over 'not ideal' late night

Andy Murray, a dedicated fan of night sessions in New York where the atmosphere usually becomes more raucous as the consumption of alcohol increases, said he had no fear that he would end up playing his first round on Thursday.

updated: August 29, 2013 11:09 IST
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New York: Defending champion Andy Murray raced into the US Open second round on Wednesday before hitting out at the late-night scheduling which he described as "not ideal".

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 33-year-old Frenchman Michael Llodra, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

But the match only got underway at 9:55 p.m. (0155GMT) -- the third-latest ever 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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