Andy Murray angrily pulls off US Open first round in straight sets

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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.

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Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after winning match point against Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina during first round men's singles on day one of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of Flushing on August 29, 2022 District of New York City.

Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after winning match point against Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina during first round men’s singles on day one of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of Flushing on August 29, 2022 District of New York City.
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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.

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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.

Andy Murray of Great Britain meets Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina during the men's singles first round match on day one of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2022 in the Flushing borough of the borough of Queens in New York City.

Andy Murray of Great Britain meets Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina during the men’s singles first round match on day one of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2022 in the Flushing borough of the borough of Queens in New York City.
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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.

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in his last Grand Slam at WimbledonMurray did not make it past the second round, losing to another US opponent, John Isner.

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory over Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina during the first round match in men's singles on day one of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2022 in the Flushing borough of the borough of Queens in New York City.

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory over Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina during the first round match in men’s singles on day one of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2022 in the Flushing borough of the borough of Queens in New York City.
(Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

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Murray won the 2012 US Open on his way to world number one in 2016.

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