Andy Murray steps up his preparation for the US Open with a Second Round clash against Frances Tiafoe at the…
Andy Murray steps up his preparation for the US Open with a Second Round clash against Frances Tiafoe at the ATP Winston-Salem Open on Tuesday.
Murray, the 2012 US Open champion, is set to return to Flushing Meadows next week and will be keen to do so on the back of a strong showing at Winston Salem.
The Scot, who reached the Third Round at Wimbledon earlier this summer, pulled out of the Olympic singles event in Tokyo last month with a thigh injury.
The 34-year-old, however, was encouraged by his movement during the recent Cincinnati Masters, in which he was knocked out by world number 13 Hubert Hurkacz in Round Two.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray had been due to face Nick Kyrgios in Round One this week but the Australian’s late withdrawal handed Noah Rubin a lucky loser spot, but Murray took advantage with a comfortable 6-2, 6-0 win.
He is now poised for a much sterner test against America’s Tiafoe in what will be only the second competitive meeting between the two players.
Tiafoe reached the Third Round of a Grand Slam for the first time at this year’s Australian Open and was beaten in consecutive sets by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Second Round of the recent Olympic singles.
The 23-year-old, an ATP 250 winner in 2018, is undoubtedly the fresher and fitter of the two players and will look to make that count against a player 11 years his senior.
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