Tennis: Murray struggles, Djokovic eases at US Open
NEW YORK (AFP) - Defending champion Andy Murray survived his first scare of the US Open on Friday, dropping a set against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer as top seed Novak Djokovic also reached the last 32.
Third seed and Wimbledon winner Murray battled past world number 81 Mayer, who has never defeated a top-10 opponent, 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and goes on to tackle Germany's Florian Mayer for a last-16 spot.
Murray fired 28 winners while the Argentine hit 49 unforced errors.
"It was a very tough match," Murray said of an opponent who like him was born on May 15, 1987.