US Open Day 2: Federer and Murray enjoy easy victories, Safarova suffers early exit

It was a comfortable win for Scotland’s Andy Murray on day two of the US Open as the world number three suffered no problems against Australian Nick Kyrgios to book his place in the second round.

Murray blasted 18 aces and 46 winners while only committing 23 unforced errors against the extravagant Australian to win in four sets 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-1 as he looks to become US Open champion for a second time.

Andy Murray's only triumph at the US Open came in 2012 image:

Andy Murray’s only triumph at the US Open came in 2012

It was also an easy day for Roger Federer who looks to win a sixth US Open title, as the Swiss man saw off 34th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in straight sets 6-1 6-2 6-2 as he aims to win a first grandslam since 2012.

Fellow Swiss man and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka was given a tough match by Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinaolas but was victorious nonetheless in straight sets 7-5 6-4 7-6 (8/6) as he aims for a third grandslam title.

Wimbledon semi-finalist also booked his place in the next round after Australian opponent Thanasi Kokkinakis retired due to injury as he trailed  4-6 6-1 4-6 6-3 2-0 after handing the Frenchman a tough match.

Fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon let a two set lead slip as American Donald Young fought back to stun the 11th seed by clinching a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory.

Germany’s Dustin Brown – who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon – was also made to rue letting a 2-0 lead slip as Dutch man Robin Hasse showed great determination to come back and book his spot in the next round after a hard-fought 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory.

American John Isner encountered no problems in his 6-2 6-3 6-4 straight sets win over Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, while it was also an easy day for sixth seed Tomas Berdych who bagged a comfortable 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over American Bjorn Fratangelo.

Leyton Hewitt is also through to the next round after opponent Aleksandr Nedovyseov of Kazakhstan retired with the Aussie 6-0 7-6(7/2) 1-0 up, while South African Kevin Anderson overcame Russian Andrey Rublev in a hard-fought 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (7/5) 7-5 6-3 win.

In the women’s action, it was another bad day for the top seeds with sixth seed Luice Safarova suffering a 6-4 6-1 defeat to Lesia Tzurenko of Ukraine, while Timea Bacinszky also fell at the first hurdle.

Luice Safarova reached the final of the French Open earlier this year image:

Luice Safarova reached the final of the French Open earlier this year

The 14th seed’s tournament came to an abrupt end with Barbora Strycova of the Czech republic sending the Swiss woman out after a 7-6  6-0 straight sets win.

There were no such problems for fifth seed Petra Kvitova who saw off German Laura Siegemund with an easy 6-1 6-1 win for the former Wimbledon champion, while fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki enjoyed an easy 6-2 6-0 win over American Jamie Loeb.

Second seed Simona Halep saw New Zealand opponent Marina Erakovic retire through injury with the Romanian in a comfortable 6-2 3-0 lead, while Viktoria Azarenka joins her in the next round after the Bulgarian bagged a 6-1 6-2 victory over Lucie Hradecka.

Wimbledon finalist Garbine Murguruza enjoyed an easy 6-2 6-4 win over German Carina Witthoeft, but Britain’s Laura Robson followed compatriot Heather Watson in an early exit after a 6-3 3-6 5-7 loss to Elena Vesnina of Russia.

You can check out more results from day two of the action at this link.

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