Federer, Murray, Nishikori and Sock reach US Open second round
August 27, 2012 · Print This Article
US Open—New York
Former finalist and recent Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray struggled over unseeded Alexander Bogomolov Jr. on Monday to reach the second-round of the US Open.
Defeating his diminutive opponent 6-2, 6-4, 6-1, Murray overcame five double faults, 31 unforced errors and four losses of serve to record his 41st match victory of the season. Having played only three hard-court matches coming into the event, Murray complained of mild cramping after the match and insisted that he’ll have to be better hydrated for the upcoming rounds.
The Scot will next face Ivan Dodig for a place in the third-round. Dodig cruised past Hiroki Moriya, 6-0, 6-1, 6-2.
Elsewhere, Jack Sock poured in an impressive performance before No. 22 seed Florian Mayer had to retire trailing 6-3, 6-2, 3-2. Sock, who won his second career grand slam match, will next face either Flavio Cipolla or Blaz Kavcic.
In other results, No. 17 seed Kei Nishikori defeated Guido Andreozzi 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, and James Blake thrilled his home-town crowd by dismissing Lukas Lacko 7-5 6-2 3-6, 6-3.
Top seed Roger Federer ended the day’s action by sending Donald Young out of the top 100 with a straight set victory. Defeating the American 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, Federer will next face Bjorn Phau. The German defeated Maxime Authom in four sets.
Young, who reached the fourth-round of the US Open last year, will drop into the 120 range in the rankings as a result of his defeat.