Murray eases into fourth round

Andy Murray booked his spot in the fourth round of the US Open after easing past Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

The Scot was pushed to five sets by Adrian Mannarino in the second round, but had a much more straightforward time of it against Bellucci.

Murray started poorly and nearly dropped his serve in the opening game. Bellucci would grab a break in Murray's second service game, only for the third seed to break back immediately. Murray grabbed another break in the seventh game as he reeled off five games on the bounce to take the opener 6-3.

Murray found the going easier in the second set, but was made to wait by Bellucci in the third before Murray was finally able to gain the break at 5-5 before serving out the match.

Next up for Murray is a clash with Kevin Anderson after the big-serving South African Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka joined Murray and Anderson in the last 16 after recording a straight-sets win over Ruben Bemelmans.

It was Wawrinka who edged a slightly sloppy first set, with the Swiss securing three breaks of serve while surrendering one to Thiem. 

Both players upped their game in the second set, and a tiebreaker was required to settle the set. It was Wawrinka who stepped up when it mattered though and took the breaker 7-5.

Wawrinka put Bemelmans under pressure early in the third set by claiming a break as he upped his level, and the Swiss looked to have wrapped up the match when he broke Bemelmans for a second time. However, the Belgian would not go down without a fight, and broke back. It would only prove a momentary hindrance for Wawrinka who would claim the victory in just under two hours.

Donald Young awaits Wawrinka in the fourth round after the American came from behind for the third match in succession to down 22nd seed Viktor Troicki 4–6, 0–6, 7–6 (3), 6–2, 6–4.

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