US Open 2011: Andy Murray breezes past Feliciano LÃ³pez
British No1 beats Spaniard 6-1 6-4 6-2 to set up fourth-round match against American Donald Young
Andy Murray believes the flying start he made to his US Open third-round match against Feliciano LÃ³pez was a key factor in his 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory on Sunday.
The British No1 raced into a 3-0 lead in the first set without losing a point on his way to beating the 25th seed under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
And the Scot, who struggled to a five-set victory over Dutchman Robin Hasse in round two, says his impressive start laid down a marker for the rest of the match against LÃ³pez.
“It was better,” Murray said. “They were very tough conditions at the start as well. It was pretty windy. I had to get the feet going early.
“When you can get an early break it can kind of set the tone for the rest of the match. Tonight that was the case.
“And it was important because obviously, after having a long match the other day, especially playing late at night, if you don’t have to play a three or four-hour match [it’s much better] because it’s not that easy to recover.”
Despite his comfortable victory Murray insists LÃ³pez, who the 24-year-old also beat in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, is a difficult opponent to overcome.
“He’s not an easy guy to play against,” he continued. “The second set he had a few chances, I had quite a few chances. He makes it very difficult for guys because he comes up with big serves.
“He serve and volleys sometimes. He does make quite a few mistakes at times. But he just plays so different to anyone else nowadays.
“I’ve always quite enjoyed playing against guys that have come forward against me. But I think for a lot of other players it’s different because you don’t see it very often.”
Murray next faces 22-year-old American wild card Donald Young, who has beaten Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Ignacio Chela in New York.
The American beat Murray at Indian Wells back in March and the Scot knows he must stay focused if he is to book his place in the quarter-finals.
“I played some good tennis towards the end of the first match, the second match was poor, but I found a way to get through. And then tonight was good.
“But so much can change in a couple of days. You just need to make sure you stay focused on the next match. It’s a big match for me because obviously of what happened earlier in the year.
“But I think energy-wise I’ll be feeling good going into that one hopefully for a long second week.”