Britain's Andy Murray made a belated start to his U.S. Open with a straight-sets victory over Lukas Lacko and says the cramped schedule will not hamper his chances of a first grand slam title.
The Scot was the last of the top four seeds to play in the first round but made up for lost time with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 win in one hour 51 minutes on the third day of the U.S. Open in New York.
Murray was delighted to get off the steamy court quickly in temperatures that topped 32 Celsius and was generally happy with his game......
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But if Murray is to win the title, he will have to win his seven matches over 12 days, compared to seven in 14 for five-time champion Roger Federer, who began his campaign on Tuesday.
In the second round, Murray will now play Dustin Brown, a Jamaican who may be eligible to play Davis Cup for Britain if he can prove reports he has a British grandmother.