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US Open Day 3 Men's Wrap: Murray first man into Round 3, Del Potro and Tipsarevic notch-up first round wins

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andy_murray4Andy Murray was the star attraction in the men's draw on Day 3 of the US Open and the newly crowned Olympic Champion did not disappoint his fans, cruising into Round 3 for the loss of just 6 games to Croatian Ivan Dodig. The rest of the day belonged to those unfortunate souls in the men's draw who were made to wait till Wednesday to play their first round matches, crunching up the tournament schedule severely for them. World no.4 David Ferrer and former champion Juan Martin del Potro led the way into the second round for the third quarter representatives, while there were also hard fought wins for Janko Tipsarevic, John Isner and Richard Gasquet.

Murray, looking for his first Grand Slam title, and perhaps finally armed with the self belief that he has what it takes to win the big one, routed Dodig, racing through the first two sets 6-2, 6-1 in just 70 minutes before going into cruise control mode in the third to win it 6-3. Murray powered home 30 winners, and perhaps crucially cut down considerably on his unforced error count compared to the first round, notching up a comfortable win. He will face the winner of the all Spanish battle between Pablo Andujar and Feliciano Lopez in the third round.

2009 Champion Juan Martin del Potro had to work hard for his win against lucky loser Florent Serra of France, coming through in straight sets 6-4, 7-6, 6-4. 8th seed Janko Tipsarevic on the other hand produced a terrific response to going down two sets to love against Guillaume Ruffin, winning a lopsided five setter, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Del Potro will face American youngster Ryan Harrison next, while Tipsarevic faces the challenge of the comeback man of the year Brian Baker. There were also four set wins for 9th seed Big John Isner, 13th seed Richard Gasquet and 19th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Day 3 saw its fair share of upsets too with veteran Tommy Haas blowing a two sets to love lead against talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis to go down 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, while Mikhail Youzhny suffered the same fate against Gilles Muller, who nicked the contest 8-6 in a final set tiebreak. Other seeds to exit early were 26th seed Andreas Seppi and 29th seed Viktor Troicki.

Thursday will see the return of the superstars with 5-time Champion Roger Federer squaring off against German Bjorn Phau while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish and Milos Raonic will also be in action.

Singles - Second Round 
[3] A Murray (GBR) d I Dodig (CRO) 62 61 63

Singles - First Round 
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d K Anderson (RSA) 64 62 76(3)
[7] J del Potro (ARG) d [LL] F Serra (FRA) 64 76(4) 64 
[8] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d G Rufin (FRA) 46 36 62 63 62
[9] J Isner (USA) d X Malisse (BEL) 63 76(5) 57 76(9)
[13] R Gasquet (FRA) d A Montanes (ESP) 46 62 63 63  
[19] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d M Llodra (FRA) 76(2) 46 76(4) 61 
E Gulbis (LAT) d [21] T Haas (GER) 36 46 64 75 63
T Robredo (ESP) d [26] A Seppi (ITA) 61 75 63 
G Muller (LUX) d [28] M Youzhny (RUS) 26 36 75 76(6) 76(6) 
C Stebe (GER) d [29] V Troicki (SRB) 64 64 36 62
R Harrison (USA) d B Becker (GER) 75 64 62 
B Klahn (USA) d J Melzer (AUT) 46 63 75 57 64 
L Hewitt (AUS) d T Kamke (GER) 46 62 61 64 
B Baker (USA) d J Hajek (CZE) 63 64 62 
S Johnson (USA) d R Ram (USA) 63 76(5) 63 
J Nieminen (FIN) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 60 62 ret.
B Paire (FRA) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 57 63 76(4) 62
I Sijsling (NED) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 63 64 
L Mayer (ARG) d L Kubot (POL) 64 64 75
R Mello (BRA) d G Zemlja (SLO) 75 76(3) 75

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