Twelve months ago Andy Murray waited until the third day of the US Open to play his first match.
At the end of the third day of this year's tournament the Scot was the first man through to the third round, courtesy of an emphatic 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Croatia's Ivan Dodig on Wednesday night. Now he will not play again until tomorrow, against Spain's Feliciano Lopez, who has won only one set in his six meetings with the world No 4.
The scheduling of matches is often a bone of contention here, with Murray one of those to suffer in the past, but this time he has benefited. "I don't think it's ever happened," he said. "Here I've never played my matches Monday-Wednesday. It's nice to be in that position because I've had some tough schedules here." Not that Murray will be taking the opportunity to do any sight-seeing during his mini-break. "I don't want to do anything," he said. "All I am interested in is winning the tournament."
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a potential quarter-final opponent for Murray, lost 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 to Slovakia's Martin Klizan, who was beaten by Britain's Dan Evans in the Davis Cup in Glasgow only six months ago.