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Andy Murray wins US Open clash as opponent smashes racquet and hurts hand after fall on court


Andy Murray has booked his place in the second round of the US Open with a straight sets victory over Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

The 2012 men’s singles champion had a relatively stress-free afternoon in New York as he won 6-2 7-5 6-3.

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Murray showed his class on TuesdayCredit: Getty
While Moutet showed his temper

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While Moutet showed his temperCredit: sky sports
A new racquet was required for the Frenchman

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A new racquet was required for the FrenchmanCredit: sky sports

The same can’t be said for his opponent, who smashed his racquet after missing the chance to serve out the second set at 5-4 up.

It also looked like Moutet’s match was going to come to a premature end having gone down at the beginning of the third set when he tripped over his own feet and landed awkwardly on his left hand.

After staying down on court for a couple of minutes, Moutet made his way back to his feet.

Former British No.1 Murray saw the tie out and will face either Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov or Slovakia’s Alex Molcan in the next round.

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It’s been a positive day for the British contingent on Tuesday with Cameron Norrie defeating Alexander Shevchenko 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Meanwhile, British No.1 Katie Boulter swept past Diane Parry of France 6-4 6-0 in an hour and 22 minutes.

Jack Draper and Jodie Burrage are also in action at the US Open on Tuesday.

Murray’s win sees him become the eighth man to register 200 grand slam victories in the Open era.

Moutet tripped over his own feet when playing a shot

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Moutet tripped over his own feet when playing a shotCredit: sky sports
He landed awkwardly and went down

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He landed awkwardly and went downCredit: sky sports
Moutet was immediately seen to, while Murray checked how he was before play resumed after a few minutes

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Moutet was immediately seen to, while Murray checked how he was before play resumed after a few minutesCredit: sky sports

He joins an illustrious list headed by his three main career rivals in Roger Federer (369), Novak Djokovic (355) and Rafael Nadal (314).

That trio are more than 80 wins clear of anyone else, with Jimmy Connors in fourth (233), ahead of Andre Agassi (224) and Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl (222).

The Scot is just three wins behind Pete Sampras (203) in seventh and will move above the 14-time major champion with a run to the quarter-finals at the US Open.

Tim Henman is his closest challenger among British players, with 98 grand slam victories.





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