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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 September 2005, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Murray sets sights on round three
MURRAY'S US OPEN PATH
Andy Murray
Friday: Murray v Arnaud Clement
If he wins: faces Nicolas Kiefer or Radek Stepanek
Andy Murray believes Juan Carlos Ferrero's shock first-round defeat at the US Open has opened the way for him to progress at Flushing Meadows.

Ferrero's exit means the 18-year-old Briton faces fellow qualifier Arnaud Clement in Friday's second round.

"Playing Ferrero would have been a great honour. He's won the French Open and been number one in the world," the young Scot told BBC Radio Five Live.

"But I've a better chance of beating Clement, so I'm looking forward to it."

Murray also insists his dramatic five-set first round win over Romanian Andrei Pavel proves just how much he has matured since Wimbledon.

The Dunblane teenager lost a five-set battle with Argentine David Nalbandian at the All England Club after suffering cramp.

But on Tuesday in New York he dug deep to overcome a bout of vomiting in the deciding set - and a 21-minute break for treatment - to defeat the former world number 13.

Murray was leading 2-1 in the final set, with a break of serve, when he threw up his sports drink.

He said: "It was because of drinking too much sodium drink, which is supposed to help stop you from cramping.

"I felt if it went deep into the fifth set I should take it.

"That was tough because obviously I had gone a break up and had some momentum going, but I got back on track and that's definitely my best performance and my most satisfying win because of what happened at Wimbledon.

"Then I got tired in the fifth set and to come through here after what everyone was saying about me needing to work on my fitness after the Nalbadian match feels great."

With both Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski crashing out in the first round, Murray again finds himself the last British player in the tournament.

But he says he does not feel under as much pressure as he had done in SW19.

"It's not that easy when you are in your first Wimbledon and you are the last Briton and everyone is putting so much pressure on you," Murray said.

"I was getting pretty fired up about things there, but here I am more relaxed.

"The spectators were great (during my first-round match) - they were supporting both players until the end of the fifth set when they started to cheer Pavel more than me.

"That annoyed me a little bit, but they obviously just wanted to see it go to a fifth-set tie-break."

Murray's coach Mark Petchey was also delighted with his young charge's showing.

"He was fine after the match," Petchey told BBC Radio Five Live. "(The vomiting) was a little over-hydration if anything.

"I was talking about it with (former US tennis star) Jim Courier after the match and he said it was a little bit like a gas tank - you can only fill it up so far but then it starts spilling out and that is a little bit what happened to Andy."

Should he make it as far as the fourth round, Murray could face world number one Roger Federer.

Murray won the US Open junior title last year and is already the youngest Briton ever to qualify for a senior Grand Slam tournament.




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