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Last Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007, 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK
Murray v Cuevas as it happened
US Open, Flushing Meadows

First round result:

A MURRAY (GB) bt P Cuevas (Uru)

6-2 6-3 6-0


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By Piers Newbery


Third set:

2105: A happy Murray smacks a few balls into the stands and he looks understandably relieved to have got that over with. Looks like Bjorkman next as the Swede is two sets up on Guzman. Thanks for all your texts, I will be back later for a bit of Venus versus, er, Nagy. I suggest you all go to bed though, school tomorrow.

2101: "Bjorkman too old, never heard of Guzman, looks like Murray all the way 2 me. Go Andy-baby!"
Phil via text

Murray 6-0 Cuevas
Murray is enjoying himself now, moving to the net and scrambling like he does at his best. He gets to three match points and plays a horror of a forehand, but we'll ignore that as he wraps things up moments later.

Murray 5-0 Cuevas
Barely had time to put in Alex's words of encouragement before Muzza breaks again, with one blistering return a real highlight. It is indeed good to have him back.

2054: "Great to see Andy back on track. Hope he goes all the way."
Alex via text

Murray 4-0 Cuevas
Easy peasy. Murray is really starting to wallop some of his serves now.

2052: "Have just moved to New York from London, and am having to follow Andy's progress online at the office while friends at home enjoy a bank holiday. Grrr."
Dylan via text

Murray 3-0 Cuevas
A double fault and an error in the forecourt from Cuevas and it's a double break for Murray. The result is now beyond question. So how do we think he'll fare against Bjorkman or Guzman next? Bjorkman is leading by a set.

2047: "Is Murray back near his best?"
Femi via text (I wouldn't go that far, the opposition has not been too testing, but the big worry was the forehand and that appears to be fine)

Murray 2-0 Cuevas
Murray has made 30 unforced errors so far but he'll probably be more interested in the 33 winners. Everything appears to be in working order.

Murray 1-0 Cuevas
An immediate break for Murray and this is turning into the perfect workout for him.

2043: "It could be worse. My mate is the spit of Terry Griffiths. I started to believe in miracles when he got a girlfriend."
Jim, Aberdeen, via text

2042: "Piers, if you look like Karlovic I'm coming on over!"
Pip, London, via text (It takes all sorts I suppose)

Second set:

Murray 6-3 Cuevas
After the easiest of rides in this set, Murray suddenly finds himself at 15-40 and facing two break points. He gets out of trouble, making it to deuce with a service winner, but then dumps a regulation forehand into the net. Another break point, another service winner. The Brit then plays a stunning forehand drop volley and goes on to hold, letting out a healthy roar as he takes the second set.

Murray 5-3 Cuevas
Speaking of howitzer first serves, Cuevas does his best Karlovic impression to keep the set alive but he hasn't made much headway on Murray's serve recently and that needs to change sharpish.

2024: "Piers. I've just Googled them both (Karlovic and Isner - see 2012 entry) and i hope it's just the height thing you share and not the looks - they would frighten a police horse!"Marc, Liverpool, via text (Just the height and the howitzer first serve, Marc)

Murray 5-2 Cuevas
Murray moves to within one game of a two-set lead and coach Brad Gilbert looks a lot happier in the stands than he has recently.

Murray 4-2 Cuevas
There are some cruel women out there, judging by your texts. How you managed to eat something with Oliver Kahn's face on it is beyond me. Murray hits his best shot - a backhand winner down the line - but Cuevas stays in touch in this set, just about.

2024: "Re doppelgangers: mine unfortunately are Boris Becker and Oliver Kahn. It was my 30th birthday yesterday and my girlfriend even put their pictures on my cake!"
Jim, Aberdeen, via text

2023: "Hi piers i'm cheering on murray reading you on my mobile. whilst being forced to watch eastenders round my mums for the weekend.
Carl from Reading vi text

Murray 4-1 Cuevas
A very rapid service game and Cuevas is done for, I guarantee it.

Murray 3-1 Cuevas
There we have it, the first break of the second set for Murray and this one could be done and dusted by 9pm. He's moving well, playing with his usual variety and thumping down some big serves. Not sure he's hit a forehand at absolute full pelt yet but he doesn't need to, and he often takes the pace off his groundstrokes anyway so it's hard to tell.

Murray 2-1 Cuevas
Back to the business at hand, Murray comes through another service game unscathed.

2012: "Hi Piers, if we're doing look alikes, who is your celebrity/sports doppelganger? Mine, sadly, is Bono."
Marc from Liverpool via text (canvassing opinion from the three other people in the office I've got Ivo Karlovic and John Isner, because I'm tall. A poor effort.)

Murray 1-1 Cuevas
Murray earns a break point with an encouragingly powerful forehand winner but Cuevas shows plenty of grit to hang on. It is only a brief respite for the Uruguayan though, as Murray moves to the net and crunches a backhand volley to earn another break point. Still, Cuevas stays alive, saving four break points. Crecit to the man from Montivideo.

2004: "Hi.This message is 4 u - just thought that u would like 2 know that the serving thing at the top of the screen isn't working... Please say hi to me."Bing via text (I would like to blame technical issues, gremlins etc but that would be misleading the public. It was my fault. Sorry. And hi.)

Murray 1-0 Cuevas
It's all quiet on Grandstand Court at the moment as Murray holds to 15 and, bar the odd decent shot, Cuevas doesn't look like he's going to do much damage now. Famous last words. And I must say I am moved by the texts that are now flooding in, if five constitutes a flood.

1958: "Hi piers. working away here. keep the commentary cooking. give us a mention."
Paul, Edinburgh, via text

First set:

1954: "Approach wide out to AM's forehand, he whips a forehand across his opponents who's coming to the net, with serious pace on the ball. A shot not apparent at either Montreal and Cincy. Hopefully he now believes he's OK and that means he's back in business."
federalexpress via text

Murray 6-2 Cuevas
Some good stuff from Murray sees him wrap up the first set at the third opportunity with a fizzing return of serve. Meanwhile, Marcos Baghdatis has just gone out to Max Mirnyi and Juan Carlos Ferrero earlier went down to Feliciano Lopez. Shame about Baggy, thought he might do well this fortnight. And just heard Mario Ancic has withdrawn, so Novak Djokovic will now open against Ruud van Nistelrooy lookalike Robin Haase.

1948: "Murray didnt but he beat Alberto Martin 60 60 61 in the Australian this year.
Stephen via text (see 3-1 comment)

Murray 5-2 Cuevas
Inevitably, after my earlier hubris, Cuevas stays in touch by getting one of the breaks back.

Murray 5-1 Cuevas
I am officially prepared to call this set over and done with. Cuevas clips the net with a forehand and sees the ball drift out to drop serve again. So far, it's been the perfect, gentle start for Murray.

Murray 4-1 Cuevas
Look out, Pablo can play a bit. He constructs a superb rally to get to break point, sealing it with a deft drop volley, but Murray stands up to his first serious test with a big ace. Another chance comes to the Uruguayan but this time he nets a backhand. And Murray gets the crowd on their feet with a searing cross-court forehand winner that sends Cuevas sprawling at the net.

Feel free to send me a text, by the way (81111). The last one read: "Please say hi to my auntie steph uncle gary and luke. Please can u play foundations by kate nash Thnx xxktxx." Not sure it was meant for me.

Murray 3-1 Cuevas
Just as I start trying to remember if Murray did actually win a match 6-0 6-0 6-0 at last year's US Open, Cuevas gets his first game in top-flight tennis.

Murray 3-0 Cuevas
A bit more of a test for Murray as Cuevas gets to deuce with a forehand pass but the Brit hangs on comfortably.

Murray 2-0 Cuevas
Pablo Cuevas is a dead ringer for Gaston Gaudio, according to one of my colleagues. That's the sort of insight you get here on a Bank Holiday Monday. Cuevas looks in good shape at 30-0 but Murray keeps him on the move and works his way to break point, forcing an error. The Scot is certainly hitting his forehand harder than in recent matches but he's yet to really unload on one.

Murray 1-0 Cuevas
Great News! Murray wins the toss and elects to serve. He thumps down a couple of big serves and takes the game with an ace.

1910: After extensive research I can tell you that Pablo is 21 years old, ranked 129 in the world, came through qualifying (during which he beat Britain's Jamie Baker), he enjoys surfing, his mother is an accountant, and he appears to spend most of his time playing doubles. On clay. Fair to say it's a pretty good draw for Murray.

1905: Andy Murray is about to begin his US Open campaign against Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas. Murray has been struggling with a serious wrist injury that put him out of the French Open and Wimbledon, and in his comeback matches he has not been keen to hit his forehand at full power. We should be able to tell pretty quickly today whether he's 100% fit.



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