Andy Murray through to second round of US Open

Andy Murray made it through to the second round of the US Open last night after beating Somdev Devvarman in straight sets. However as usual the Brit made it harder on himself than was strictly necessary, taking two-and-a-half hours to dispatch his opponent.

Murray won 7-6, 6-2, 6-3, and in the last two sets showed what he was capable of; but the world number four still has lingering problems that will need ironing out if he is to seriously challenge for his first Grand Slam. He can't afford to make such hard work of Robin Haase in the next round.

'He's a tough player,' the world No4 said of Haase. 'He nearly beat Rafa [Nadal] a few years ago at Wimbledon. Got to be ready for that one. He's talented, has quite a big game. He'll start off very fast, very flashy. He likes playing on the big courts. He also played a close match with [Andy] Roddick at the Australian Open, had him struggling a bit. He'll definitely come out swinging, so I need to try and weather that, play a solid match.

'I was a little bit nervous at the start. making some bad decisions. Try being a British player going into a grand slam. It's not easy. But the second and third sets were good. I was hitting the ball pretty clean. I definitely can play better, and that's important. I don't think you want to be playing your best tennis right at the beginning of the tournament. That's something that over the years I've got better at, understanding that I would get very frustrated maybe in matches if I wasn't playing great at the beginning.'

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