Andy Murray Makes Triumphant Return to US Open, Declares Current Form Best Since 2017

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Andy Murray secured his spot in the second round of the US Open by defeating Corentin Moutet in straight sets. Other British players, including Cameron Norrie, Jack Draper, and Dan Evans, also advanced in the tournament.

Andy Murray feels that he’s displaying his most reliable tennis since 2017, as evidenced by his recent win over Corentin Moutet, securing a spot in the US Open’s second round.

This victory marked his 200th Grand Slam match win, and he’s now preparing to face Grigor Dimitrov in the next round.

Despite battling injuries, the 36-year-old has made an impressive comeback to the top 40 of world rankings, and he’s hopeful of climbing higher from his current position at 37th.

“I’m at my highest ranking since I had the metal hip put in so I’m happy with that,” said Murray. “It’s not been an easy journey and obviously I’d like to be ranked higher.

“This is the best I’ve played consistently since probably 2017. I’m happy to still be going and progressing and hoping I can push my ranking up.”

Although he had to withdraw from the warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati due to an abdominal strain, Murray demonstrated no signs of difficulty as he defeated Moutet with a score of 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 on Grandstand.

“I feel good, the preparation was slightly tricky because I had to slowly build my serving up but I was happy with how I served today,” he added.

“I hope it was entertaining for everyone. There were some fun points, so I’m happy to get through in straight sets.”

Murray’s triumph rounded off a successful day for the British men’s team in New York. Cameron Norrie, Jack Draper, and Dan Evans also advanced to the second round with decisive straight-sets victories.

Draper secured a 6-1 6-4 6-3 win over Moldova’s Radu Albot, while Evans progressed with a 6-4 6-2 7-5 triumph against Colombia’s Daniel Galan. British No. 1 Norrie dominated his match, defeating Russian player Alexander Shevchenko 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Norrie, who had experienced three consecutive losses on hard courts prior, attributed his smooth second-round entry to a practice session on Monday with the world’s top-ranked player and defending champion, Carlos Alcaraz.

“We had a really good practice. I think it really set the tone and I was able to put it into my match today,” said Norrie. “He’s always bringing a lot of flair and excitement to the practice court.

“It was not an easy match, Shevchenko has had a good year so far. I know his game quite well, I’d practised with him a few times.

“I was able to play longer points and win some of the tough games. It was a nice match to play in the first round to get a lot of rhythm.”

Meanwhile, Draper overcame concerns over the shoulder injury that forced him out of the French Open and subsequently Wimbledon this summer to come through unscathed against Albot.

“It’s been a tough couple of months,” the 21-year-old admitted. “When I was in Paris I thought it would be a short-term thing. It turned into a long time and I’m sort of still doing all the rehab for it, making sure that it’s OK.

“There was maybe a possibility that I might not be able to play in this tournament, but I looked after it really well, taking it day by day. Today I didn’t feel it at all so I was very, very happy.”

 

 

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