Murray, Nishikori through to third round

The rain hammered down on the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows, but that did not stop second seed Andy Murray from cruising to a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 win over Marcel Granollers on Thursday. 

Murray’s victory over Granollers takes him one step closer to capturing his second grand slam of the year after he triumphed at Wimbledon in July. He also captured a gold medal in the men’s singles event at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last month.

The Scot was dominant in the early parts of the first set and broke Granollers in the second game en route to taking a 4-1 lead. The Spaniard fought back and broke Murray in the ninth game to reduce the deficit to 5-4, but Murray clinched the first set by breaking back in the next game.

It was smoother sailing for Murray in the second set as he broke Granollers twice and claimed the set in just 35 minutes to extend his advantage.

The pair were more evenly matched in the third set as it wasn’t until the ninth game that Murray broke Granollers to edge ahead 5-4. The second seed subsequently proceeded to hold serve in the 10th game to complete his win.

Murray will either face Gilles Simon or Paolo Lorenzi in the round of 32 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, sixth seed Kei Nishikori also booked his spot in the third round after defeating Karen Khachanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Japanese sensation got off to a sluggish start, but recovered to win the first set. And, despite dropping the second set to allow Khachaov back into contention, Nishikori was a lot more dominant after and saw off the Russian.

Nishikori will face Nicolas Mahut in the third round after the Frenchman beat his compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Eighth seed Dominic Thiem also advanced to the third round on Thursday as he triumphed over Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.