Andy Murray recovered from losing his opening two sets to beat Adrian Mannarino in their second-round clash at the US Open. Murray, seeded third at Flushing Meadows, struggled against his French opponent, but found his breakthrough in the third set before winning the last two in comfortable fashion, sealing a 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory. The Briton advances to the third round, where he will face Thomaz Bellucci on Saturday 5 September.
Murray has avoided defeat in the opening week of a gram slam competition for the last five years, but was pushed to the limit by Mannarino, who looked the far more comfortable of the two in the opening sets in sweltering conditions. Murray passed up six break points in the opening set to hand the Frenchman the opening advantage. However, he secured an early break at the start of the third to change the momentum of the contest. In the fifth and final set, Murray stormed into a 3-0 lead before swiftly seeing out the win.
Murray looked drained on the Arthur Ashe court during his contest, and told a press conference after his win that a cold that has affected several other players hadn't helped his own preparation. "Quite a few of the players have had head colds. My brother was quite sick yesterday as well. I think there's a few of the players have had it," Murray said.
"I was out of breath. I was bending over because I was tired. Normally, after extremely long rallies, you do that. It was extremely tough conditions, especially in the beginning of that fourth set – some unbelievable points kind of back-to-back with a lot of running. Yeah, I was tired. I wasn't holding myself up with my racket. I was just bending over. That's what I think a lot of people do when they're out of breath or tired."