LiveUS Open: Murray v Bachinger


  1. Andy Murray beats Matthias Bachinger 6-3 6-3 6-4 to make the third round
  2. Eugenie Bouchard v Sorana Cirstea follows
  3. Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic through in straight sets
  4. Eighth seed Ana Ivanovic knocked out by Karolina Pliskova

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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As Andy Murray heads for an ice-bath and some meandering questioning from the local media, we are going to head for the hills for the evening.

The final match of the day on Arthur Ashe is Eugenie Bouchard against Sorana Cirstea, while American 15-year-old Cici Bellis is one set all against Zarina Diyas out on Court 17.

You'll be able to get the results of both on our live scores page with more detail in our round-up.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"A first-serve percentage of 66%, a healthy 68% of points won behind his second serve and 36 winners describe a very solid effort from Murray. The gap in class was pretty clear, and Murray was able to get through with an average service speed on 107mph, but it more than did the job."

Andy Murray: "The start was particularly tough we both struggled early on in the first few points, but I think the second set was good with some fun points.

"I love the atmosphere here. You don't see guys dancing up on the screen at Wimbledon for sure."

Murray wins

Murray 6-3 6-3 6-4 Bachinger

No escape this time.

Three match points at 0-40 as Murray hunts down Bachinger's serve like a lion picking off wounded wildebeest.

It only takes the one match point. Bachinger punts long and after the dramas of the first round, Murray will take a less traumatic evening's work.

Murray 6-3 6-3 5-4 Bachinger*

Andy Murray will have another haul at the Matthias Bachinger serve with a place in the third round the carrot.

He holds his own serve to move within a game of the last 32.

*Murray 6-3 6-3 4-4 Bachinger

Andy Murray has a clean shot at Matthias Bachinger as the German's forehand is snared by the tape for 0-40 and three break points.

There is a third character involved in these rallies though as the wind wrecks a bit of havoc on the Murray radar, causing the Scot to mis-measure his groundstrokes.

Bachinger escapes to deuce and sees off another two break points with his serve banging like a souped-up sub-woofer.

Murray miscues a backhand swipe to complete the world 235's escape off the hook and slaps his strings in frustration.

He could have been serving for the match, but there is still work to do.

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Murray 6-3 6-3 4-3 Bachinger*

Andy Murray has a little bit of bother to sort out at 15-30 down on his serve, but he has been quick to stamp out any rebellions from Matthias Bachinger tonight.

As the Scot takes seat for the changeover we get a sight of a background ballboy having a rummage in his shorts pocket. That would ensure a Centre Court ball-gatherer a one-way ticket to car park duties at Wimbledon.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"The news that Andrey Kuznetsov has knocked out Fernando Verdasco comes as a bit of a surprise, although it isn't necessarily good news for probable next opponent Murray. The Scot has had a few battles with Verdasco in his time but has prevailed 10 of 11 times, while Kuznetsov will be a step into the unknown and is a bit of an up-and-comer, having just beaten David Ferrer at Wimbledon."

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Alex Haworth: The German just won't give up, very impressive. Fully expect Murray to have enough to win this set as well though

*Murray 6-3 6-3 3-3 Bachinger

Matthias Bachinger dents the backboards with a brute of a serve to clinch the game.

The German is averaging 118mph with his first attempts off the oche. Murray, by contrast, is down at 106mph, lacking quite the pop that the 2013 vintage had.

Murray 6-3 6-3 3-2 Bachinger*

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Now then. Matthias Bachinger has the sledgehammer out, a clumping forehand almost yorking Andy Murray on the baseline to bring up three break points.

Murray is backed into a corner here. He doesn't fancy an extra game's work though, never mind an extra set. He rattles though five successive points to turn the tide and whip the carpet from under Bachinger.

The wind is really gusting out there. One Andy Murray lob is almost caught on a thermal and carried to Manhattan.

*Murray 6-3 6-3 2-2 Bachinger

Matthias Bachinger pats away a backhand volley from up around his shoulders to keep pace on the board.

This third set feels more like the first than the second, with the German keeping pace with Murray in the early stages.

Murray 6-3 6-3 2-1 Bachinger*

Andy Murray rumbles onwards, with his serve still chugging along nicely.

The wind is still swirling around the Arthur Ashe cauldron, giving the watching Kim Sears' hairdo a bit of a ruffle.

*Murray 6-3 6-3 1-1 Bachinger

After Andy Murray broke out some of his party pieces at the tail-end of the second set. Matthias Bachinger shows that he has some stylish shots in his own wardrobe.

The German hops into forehand out wide, whipping a top-spinning forehand down the line and in for a winner at 40-30 to the good.

The crowd enjoyed that one.

Murray 6-3 6-3 1-0 Bachinger*

The winner of this one will face Andrey Kuznetsov in the next round after the Russian beat Fernando Verdasco 6-3 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3.

I think you can start pencilling Andy Murray in for that one. The Scot holds to love quicksmart.

You can probably risk breaking out the ball-point on your US Open wallchart to be honest.

Murray wins the second set

*Murray 6-3 6-3 Bachinger

Andy Murray punches away a forehand return down the line for 40-30, punishing a serve that was a little too tame and little too central.

The Scot zig-zags to the net, opening up the angles and finally finding the one he wants to bring up deuce.

Hands as soft as a princess from Murray as he peppers Bachinger's toes with some delicate front-court cross-fire and the second set set is bagged up as the German flops into a unsuccessful forehand and onto the deck.

Looking up at the New York night, Bachinger probably knows that his turn in the tennis spotlight might soon be over.

Murray 6-3 5-3 Bachinger*

Andy Murray moves with sniffing distance of the second set with a regulation hold.

*Murray 6-3 4-3 Bachinger

Andy Murray gets a little naughty. He goes lob-tastic, sending the ball looping over Matthias Bachinger on four separate occasions as he toys with the German, trying to win style points as much as the game.

All very exhibition, but Bachinger does the business, chasing down the backcourt balls to hold serve and keep his chips on the table in the second set.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"While all is calm on Ashe, with the appearance of legendary crooner Tony Bennett on the big screen causing the most excitement so far, over on Court 17 the home fans are finally seeing their main event of the day. CiCi Bellis, the 15-year-old star of the week, is under way against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. It's packed to the rafters but unexpectedly quiet in the opening exchanges as the teenager goes for a bit too much on her groundstrokes and falls 2-0 behind."

Murray 6-3 4-2 Bachinger*

Andy Murray whistles through another service game. We have only 47 minutes on the clock so far, and it look like it will continue in similarly swift style with Murray landing 79% of first serves in the second set and converting 10 out of the 11 of the points that followed.

Healthy stats.

*Murray 6-3 3-2 Bachinger

Matthias Bachinger clenches his fist as he makes his way back to the barley water with his serve intact.

The German is ranked 235th in the world by the way. Victory here would be truly seismic.

Murray 6-3 3-1 Bachinger*

A hold to love. Andy Murray watches Matthias Bachinger's backhand bounce tamely wide of the tram.

I think the 2012 champion may have engaged cruise control for the rest of this set.

*Murray 6-3 2-1 Bachinger

Matthias Bachinger's serve is spared too much pressure and he makes his mark on the second set.

The word on the New York street is that Rory McIlroy and David Beckham are in the house tonight to watch Murray from the plush seats.

I don't think they will show the level of commitment that these lads have though. They have been there from the first point for starters.

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Murray 6-3 2-0 Bachinger*

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What a fruity little drop-shot from Andy Murray!

Thirty-all and the British number one slices a backhand from the baseline that drops as gentle as a butterfly into the front court and dies instantly in front of Matthias Bachinger.

He does power and well as panache. A whistling ace wraps up the game.

Murray breaks

*Murray 6-3 1-0 Bachinger

"Here comes the change" says Laura. Maybe she has pinned the point at which the floodgates start to creak.

Andy Murray climbs off his stool and, in contrast with the rather neutered first-set performance, is straining at the leash to attack the Bachinger serve.

The Scot ramps up to 15-40 and two break points. Bachinger saves the first with a missile first serve, but is hustled out of the second as Murray stalks forward, full of intent and menace.

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Murray wins first set

Murray 6-3 Bachinger*

Signed, sealed, delivered.

The first set is gift-wrapped with a thumping, T-splitter of an ace by Andy Murray after winning a nice bit of pitterpat volley in the previous point.

Murray has done enough so far, but it is far from the statement of intent that Novak Djokovic laid down earlier today with a straight-sets rinsing of Paul-Henri Mathieu earlier today.

Murray breaks

*Murray 5-3 Bachinger

A party of a point as Andy Murray lobs his German foe and tickles away a drop-volley to chip away at Matthais Bachinger's defences.

More grinding consistency from Andy Murray as he lures Bachinger long on the first of two break points.

The Scot serves for the opener next.

Murray 4-3 Bachinger*

Andy Murray strides back to the chair, back in front on the scoreboard. Time for the British number one to rev the engine and see what Bachinger has in the tank.

*Murray 3-3 Bachinger

Phoney war so far, with neither player raising much of a challenge to their opponent's serve. Maybe they are keeping their powder dry and muscles fresh for the finale of the opening set.

Matthias Bachinger holds with relative ease.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"If we started with around a quarter of the 22,300 seats filled we might be closer to a third now. It's hardly a rocking New York summer night, more a breezy autumnal evening, but there's enough food and drink being carried in to keep everyone busy while we wait for the match to spark into life."

Murray 3-2 Bachinger*

Matthias Bachinger unleashes a zinger of return, lunging out wide to hit a cross-court winner off Andy Murray's first serve at 40-15 down.

Shot of the match so far for my money. It isn't good enough to make a lasting impression on the scoreboard though.

Behind the grandstands there is a postcard perfect sunset with the New York skyline bathed in tango light.

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*Murray 2-2 Bachinger

Matthias Bachinger is striking solidly off the tee as he holds to love.

The German is getting his feet under the table in this match.

Murray 2-1 Bachinger*

It has been a low-key start, rather in keeping with a less than bubbly vibe in a quarter-full Arthur Ashe Stadium, Andy Murray holds with ease to restore his lead on the board.

A deep-space level of atmosphere at the centrepiece court at the moment.

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*Murray 1-1 Bachinger

Matthias Bachinger, a fuzzy egg of fella with blond hair and healthy 5 o'clock shadow on his chin, is on the board with a service hold to 30.

He looks a little like Jim Courier. The German will have to channel the American scuttler to get involved in the outcome of this one.

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Murray 1-0 Bachinger*

Andy Murray cracks down a whiplash ace off his first serve. He gives Matthias Bachinger a glimmer as he gives away two points with some less convincing serving, but shuts the door sharpish to take the opening game.