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Andy Murray got away with the upset against 24th place Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina and advanced to the second round the US Open on Monday in NYC.
Murray, 35, not only won, he dominated. He went 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 to claim the first round win in straight sets.
“For me it felt like five sets, it was tricky conditions, very muggy and hot,” said Murray After the game.
In these conditions, Murray didn’t cramp, which was a positive sign considering it’s been a problem for him lately.
Now he will play 20-year-old American Emilio Nava.
Murray, a former world No. 1, has been grappling with the decline of his tennis career, particularly after recovering from hip surgery four years ago. He’s tried to remain consistent and string together wins, but has failed as he struggles to capture the glory he found in his Grand Slam-winning days.
He came to this tournament as world No. 51, which is why he drew a top 25 pairing with Cerundolo. Murray was a longshot, but experience and determination got the job done.
in his last Grand Slam at WimbledonMurray did not make it past the second round, losing to another US opponent, John Isner.
Murray won the 2012 US Open on his way to world number one in 2016.