3-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray failed to advance to the third round of the US Open 2023. On Thursday, August 31, the veteran lost 3-6, 4-6, 1-6 to Grigor Dimitrov. It took the Bulgarian two hours and 46 minutes to beat Murray, who had won the US Open way back in 2012.
Murray made 45 unforced errors, 11 more than Dimitrov and that led to his downfall. Dimitrov smashed 32 winners and put pressure on his opponent. The 32-year-old Dimitrov is next scheduled to lock horns with Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Zverev had it pretty easy in his second round match against his German counterpart, Daniel Altmaier. He won the match 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in three hours and 43 minutes.
Zverev made 52 unforced errors, three more than Altmaier. But he made up for the same with 48 smashing winners. Altmaier, on the other hand, hit 26 of them. Back in 2020, Zverev was the US Open runner-up and he would be looking to go one step ahead this time around.
SABALENKA EASES PAST BURRAGE
Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka eased into the women’s singles third round after beating Jodie Burrage in straight sets at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Sabalenka took an hour and 14 minutes to win the match 6-3, 6-2.
Jodie earned herself two chances of breaking Sabalenka’s serve, but failed both times. Sabalenka made 22 unforced errors, 11 more than Burrage. However, she made amends with 28 winners compared to Burrage’s seven.
Sabalenka was a tad tentative with her second serves, winning 46 percent of points and making seven double faults. But she dominated Burrage with seven aces.
Sabalenka is next set to lock horns with France’s Clara Burel, who beat No.25 seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round.
Sep 1, 2023