Andy Murray LIVE: Updates from US Open tennis first round match against Francisco Cerundolo in New York

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Andy Murray returns to the US Open a decade after his first major triumph in New York.

Murray is in action on the opening day of the competition at Flushing Meadows (starting at 4pm BST) after holding a tough first round draw against Francisco Cerundolo, the 24th seed who is currently ranked at No. 27 in the world – 24 places above his opponent.

The veteran British player endured a disrupted tournament build-up hampered by cramps during the North American hard-court swing but hopes to find his top form and reach the fourth round of a Major for the first time since 2017.

Murray’s chances of winning in New York this week and adding to his roster of majors appear slim, although the men’s draw is wide open. There is no Novak Djokovic as the 35-year-old is unable to travel to the United States due to his vaccination status as Daniil Medvedev looks to defend his title and Rafael Nadal seeks a third major crown of 2022.

Follow all the action from Murray vs Cerundolo at Flushing Meadows with our live blog below:


Andy Murray-Francisco Cerundolo 2-1*

The game breaks the 15 minute mark early in the third game. It feels like there’s a fight out there. As if to prove it, a long rally at 15-15 ends with Murray nabbing a hard, delicate overhead “smash” just inside the line. Great touch!

Oof! Cerundolo steps in and crunches a clean forehand winner across the court from second serve for 30-30, but two groundstrokes to the net see Murray hold. The first grip of the game by both men.


*Andy Murray 1-1 Francisco Cerundolo – MURRAY BREAKS BACK

Cerundolo isn’t the biggest server on tour, but he does make you rear up at Murray to move up to 30-15 before a wide serve and powerful groundstroke get the game point.

An unwise drop shot hits the net to bring Murray closer and the Brit then dominates a baseline rally to a tackle. Good job by the Brit.

gorgeous! A nice backhand pass gives him BREAKING POINT and on Cerundolo’s second serve, he forces a miss when his opponent netted. MURRAY BREAKS BACK!


Andy Murray 0-1 Francisco Cerundolo* – CERUNDOLO BREAKS MURRAY!

Good baseline rally on the first point of the game that ends with Murray cutting a long backhand. Positive reaction from the Brit as he wins the next long rally 15-15 before two unreturned serves earn the game point.

Nice tennis from Cerundolo and a clean forehand volley saves him one of those points before Murray netted a backhand to put in Deuce.

Strong return from Cerundolo and that is BREAKING POINT. Murray goes into the net but volleys long and CERUNDOLO BREAKS SERVICE in the opening game. Not ideal for Murray from 40-15.


Andy Murray 0-0 Francisco Cerundolo

The time has called. We’re going straight to Louis Armstrong. Murray will serve first


Andy Murray vs. Francisco Cerundolo

Who is Francisco Cerundolo?

He is a talented 24-year-old Argentine making his first US Open appearance. He recently reached the semifinals in Miami and is now in the top 30 in the world.

However, he has lost every match in which he faced a Brit this season. Let’s hope the record holds!


Andy Murray vs. Francisco Cerundolo

Players are now warming up. It’s about 28 degrees in New York with 68 percent humidity – worryingly, these are the kind of conditions Murray has been cramped in this summer.

He has tried to solve these problems but cannot get to the bottom of them. I hope they don’t rise today.


Andy Murray vs. Francisco Cerundolo

Andy Murray will appear in court shortly. 24th seed Francisco Cerundolo – a talented young player – is his opponent. It was not an easy start for the Brit, who suffered from cramps at his last tournament in Cincinnati.

Can Murray pull out the win?


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The US Open is set to be the final tournament of Serena’s career and she’s giving herself two chances to succeed.

The Williams sisters have won all 14 Grand Slam doubles finals they have competed in, but the most recent was at Wimbledon in 2016 and they have not played a Slam together since the French Open four years ago.


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The 19-year-old stunned the sporting world 12 months ago when her aggressive approach propelled her to the title without dropping a set.

Raducanu then vowed to maintain the same free-swinging stance, but now she accepts that was much easier said than done, with sky-high expectations and attention to her every move.

She told the PA news agency: “I think looking back I can say there have been many months of the year since then where I haven’t really been swinging freely.

“It’s very simple at the time, but if you have absolutely no idea what’s going to hit you to say something like that, I was still in that energy from those two weeks. Obviously a lot has happened since then.”


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Cameron Norrie wants to build on his breakthrough at Wimbledon by taking his chance at the US Open.

The British number one reached another milestone in an extraordinary 18 months when he reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the All England Club last month.

And Norrie goes into the final slam of the year, buoyed by stronger performances on the North American hard courts, reaching the final of an ATP Tour event in Mexico last week and then the semifinals in Cincinnati.

One of Norrie’s great strengths is his level-headed approach, and he said of his successes at Wimbledon: “It was a lot of fun, but I don’t think it’s changed (my life) at all. I was there the weekend and then I went and prepared for the hard court season, the best part of my season.

“It was a big goal at the beginning of the year to get through week two for the first time and to do that and go a few more was obviously great and then play at the level I’ve reached in those rounds , was very cool. ” Andy Murray LIVE: Updates from US Open tennis first round match against Francisco Cerundolo in New York

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