US Open wrap: Del Potro continues to impress, Murray bows out

Juan Martin del Potro eased through at the US Open as Andy Murray was beaten by Fernando Verdasco.

Published : Aug 30, 2018 10:48 IST

Andy Murray made a second-round exit at the US Open as Juan Martin del Potro continued his comfortable passage through in New York.

Murray suffered a rare loss to Fernando Verdasco, beaten in four sets on another sweltering day at Flushing Meadows.

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Del Potro was untroubled as he set up a meeting with Verdasco, while Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic also advanced.


Making his grand slam return, Murray bowed out with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Verdasco. The win marked just Verdasco's second in 15 meetings with Murray and came after a gruelling three hours and 23 minutes.

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Still continuing his return from injury, Murray produced an inconsistent performance that included 35 winners and 46 unforced errors.


Verdasco's third-round opponent is Del Potro, who was too good for Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Del Potro, the 2009 champion at Flushing Meadows, is yet to drop a set at the major this year.

"Fernando, he's a really good player. I don't like to play against lefties because they can mix it up all the time," Del Potro said ahead of his meeting with Verdasco. "They play different angles of the game. They make variations all the time. It's not going to be easy for me.

"I will try to play even better than today. I also have a lot of fans who give me good energy to always try to keep winning. I will try to take that advantage to myself."


Stefanos Tsitsipas was fancied to challenge the established order at the US Open having enjoyed a run to the last four of the Citi Open before being beaten in the final of the Rogers Cup by Rafael Nadal.

But the rising star was beaten 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 by Daniil Medvedev, with whom he was involved in a tense exchange during a match in Miami earlier this year.

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Tsitsipas opted to stay in his chair after the third set despite the players being entitled to a 10-minute break due to the heat rule being in place.

"I had so many things that I had to do, so I actually forgot I had this 10-minute break when he left," he said. "At the time that I realised that it was six minutes left. But I decided just to stay and think, make a plan of my tactics on that side."


A five-set encounter in rising temperatures against a home favourite is not exactly the ideal scenario. But at least Dominic Thiem was able to celebrate victory after overcoming Steve Johnson 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

Wawrinka, who smashed his racket in frustration at the end of the second set, also had to dip deep in a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 defeat of Ugo Humbert.

Raonic had a more straightforward outing, the Canadian beating Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4 6-4. He faces Wawrinka in the third round.

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