Andy Murray was not troubled in his US Open opener on Tuesday as he beat Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to progress to the second round.
The second seed is in the midst of a fantastic season, having won Wimbledon in July and become the first men’s tennis player to win back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics earlier this month.
The 29-year-old will be hoping to continue that hot streak in New York, where he is looking for his second US Open title, and early indications are that he’ll certainly be in with a shout come the final weekend.
On Tuesday, Murray claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, and the Scot pressed home his advantage to clinch the set 6-3.
Murray was more dominant in the second set and broke Rosol right off the bat before claiming another break en route to taking a 4-0 lead. The world number two had few problems serving out the set 6-2.
Rosol’s resistance was all but broken in the third set, with Murray securing two breaks as the 2012 US Open champion eased his way to victory.
Murray will be up against Marcel Granollers in the second round after the Spaniard secured a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Juan Monaco.
Meanwhile, 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro, who won a silver medal at the Olympics, beat Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Del Potro, who has yet to win a grand slam title since his successful campaign at Flushing Meadows seven years ago after a number of seasons ravaged by wrist injuries, will face 19th seed Steve Johnson in the second round after the American came from two sets down to beat Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3.
Dominic Thiem had a much tougher time getting through to the second round as he was involved in a five-set thriller with John Millman. The eighth seed eventually triumphed 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Earlier in the day, third seed Stan Wawrinka booked his spot in the second round after defeating Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4, while sixth seed Kei Nishikori triumphed over Benjamin Becker 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Fourteenth seed Nick Kyrgios was also victorious as he downed Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
There were a few surprises on Tuesday, but the biggest shock was provided by Jared Donaldson, who stunned 12th seed David Goffin 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-0.