Andy Murray first to reach third round

Aug. 29, 2012 at 11:43 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Andy Murray coasted to a win late Wednesday to become the first of the top players in the men's draw to reach the third round at the U.S. Open.

Murray, Wimbledon runner-up and Olympic gold medalist, downed Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 to conclude the day's action.

The final matches in the opening round were played earlier in the day with No. 4 seed David Ferrer, 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro and top American John Isner all picking up victories.

Ferrer defeated Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to set up a second-round meeting with Igor Sijsling.

Del Potro took out Florent Serra 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 after Serra had replaced David Nalbandian in the draw early Wednesday.

Isner outlasted Xavier Malisse 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (11-9) in a match that took almost 3 hours. Malisse was unable to convert two set points in the fourth-set tiebreak.

Isner took part in his 49th and 50th tiebreaks of the season, the most on the ATP Tour. He will next meet Jarkko Nieminen.

No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic rallied from two sets down to defeat Guillaume Rufin 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Richard Gasquet, the No. 13 seed, also came from behind to oust Albert Montanes 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

Among the other first-round winners Wednesday were Lleyton Hewitt, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gilles Muller, Brian Baker and Ernests Gulbis, who surprised 21st seeded Tommy Haas 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.

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