Andy Murray makes winning start at US Open; John Isner advances

Michael Graham
Andy Murray celebrates at US Open
Andy Murray celebrates at US Open

Andy Murray survived a first-set scare to overcome James Duckworth and ease into the second round of the US Open.

The former world number one, who is playing his first Grand Slam in over a year after injury, lost the first set on a tiebreak but roared back to claim a 6-7 6-3 7-5 6-3 win.

Murray had his chances to win the first set, fluffing his lines on two set points in the 12th game, and Aussie Duckworth actually produced more winners during the match.

However, Murray produced some trademark fine defensive tennis to force enough errors to claim what may be an important win on a psychological level as he tested his recovery over four sets for the first time.

Murray will be joined in the second round by John Isner.

The world number 11, the top ranked American at the tournament, easily overcame countryman Bradley Klahn 7-6 6-3 6-4.

Isner fired 20 aces en-rote to victory and he’ll now face Nicolas Jarry, who dismissed Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 4-6 6-1 7-5.

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