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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 August 2005, 22:21 GMT 23:21 UK
Murray into last qualifying round
Andy Murray
British number three Andy Murray moved to within one victory of qualifying for the US Open when he beat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Scot came through 6-3 6-2 in New York against 23-year-old Lorenzi, ranked 263 in the world.

Murray broke five times in total on his way to a final qualifying match against Giovanni Lapentti of Ecuador.

In earlier second-round matches, fellow Britons Jonny Marray and Arvind Parmar both lost in straight sets.

Marray went down 6-4 6-2 to Brazil's Thiago Alves, while Parmar dropped the first four games against American Hugo Armando and eventually lost 6-3 6-4.

Murray broke Lorenzi's serve immediately and survived two break points in game four before easing to the opening set.

The Italian hit back with a break at the beginning of the second but Murray responded straight away, and then took the decisive break to go 4-2 up.

That finally broke Lorenzi's resistance and Murray broke again to wrap up victory.

He will now take on Lapentti, who fought back to defeat Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 3-6 6-3 6-3.

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