Andy Murray feeling physically good after latest win, says he has ‘a good chance’ against Matteo Berrettini

Andy Murray plays a shot

He was given a good workout by young gun Emilio Nava during the early stages of their second-round match at the US Open, but Andy Murray eventually found his rhythm and overwhelmed the American.

The opening set was an engrossing affair between the three-time Grand Slam winner and the wildcard as they went toe-to-toe with some magnificent rallies.

But the experience told and world No 203 Nava ran out of gas as the former world No 1 claimed a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 victory in just over three hours.

The opening set alone took one hour and 23 minutes to complete as the 20-year-old gave as good as he got, in some cases more. After they traded breaks midway through the set, Nava produced two glorious forehands, one on the run at set point, to take the opener. He even struck a pose after his magnificent winner.

But the tide turned and Murray grinded down his younger opponent, breaking in games five and nine to draw level. It was all Murray after that with two more breaks in the third set and three in the fourth.

The 35-year-old has struggled with cramping in recent matches, but he is feeling in top shape.

“I started to take the ball on a little bit more, he was dictating a lot of the points in the first set. I think his level dropped a bit but he’s a brilliant young player and he’s going to have a very bright future,” he said.

“Physically this is the best I’ve felt in the last few years. My movement is by far the best it’s been in a long time. I’m getting closer to where I want to be and hopefully I can have a deep run here.”

The 2012 US Open winner, into the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2016, will face either 13th seed Matteo Berrettini after the Italian defeated lucky loser Hugo Grenier 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7).

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When asked about a possible meeting with Berrettini, Murray replied: “He’s had a bit of an unlucky year. I know he got Covid at the beginning of Wimbledon. When he has been on the court he’s done really well.

“We played a tough three-set match in Stuttgart. I’m expecting it to be really difficult but if I play well and my return’s on point then I’ve got a good chance.”