Murray shrugs off 'fun' distractions at U.S. Open

Story highlights

  • Andy Murray becomes first man through to third round at the U.S. Open
  • Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer eases through to second round
  • Eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic recovers from two sets down to go through
  • He next faces Brian Baker, who wins first U.S. Open match in seven years

Andy Murray is focused on winning his first grand slam title, but the Olympic tennis champion is facing new distractions following his success at London 2012.

"Yeah, it's been a bit weird, with people hanging out in front of my hotel room, taking pictures," the world No. 4 said after becoming the first player to reach the third round of the men's draw at the 2012 U.S. Open.

"Some ask strange questions: What did I think of Prince Harry's hotel photos? What do I think about the Crown Jewels?"

"I said, no comment. It's a little different than what I'm used to, but it's fun."

Murray, seeded third in the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal, defeated Croatia's Ivan Dodig on Wednesday for his second successive straight-sets victory in New York this week.

Clijsters' singles career ends after shock U.S. Open defeat

Can Murray win first tennis grand slam?
Can Murray win first tennis grand slam?

    JUST WATCHED

    Can Murray win first tennis grand slam?

MUST WATCH

Can Murray win first tennis grand slam? 02:09
Tennis star launches candy line
Tennis star launches candy line

    JUST WATCHED

    Tennis star launches candy line

MUST WATCH

Tennis star launches candy line 01:05
Jim Courier's U.S. Open tips
Jim Courier's U.S. Open tips

    JUST WATCHED

    Jim Courier's U.S. Open tips

MUST WATCH

Jim Courier's U.S. Open tips 04:05
Petra Kvitova looking to win 2nd major
Petra Kvitova looking to win 2nd major

    JUST WATCHED

    Petra Kvitova looking to win 2nd major

MUST WATCH

Petra Kvitova looking to win 2nd major 02:08

The Scot will next face either 30th seed Feliciano Lopez or his fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

"It was better than the first round, that's for sure. I moved better than I did in the first match and served better, and I was able to dictate more of the points because of that. I was much happier with the way I played," said Murray who lost in the 2008 final at Flushing Meadows.

Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer won his opening match in three sets, beating big-serving world No. 34 Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Ferrer, who reached the semifinals in 2007, faces into a second round meeting with 78th-ranked Dutch debutant Igor Sijsling.

"It was not an easy match with Anderson," Ferrer said. "He's a really good player. He has very strong first and second serve. I'm happy, because I played well in my first round."

American ninth seed John Isner won a tough first-round encounter with experienced Belgian Xavier Malisse, winning 6-3 7-6 5-7 7-6 in just under three hours as the fourth-set tie-break went to 13-11.

"I wish I could make it easier on myself but I tend to not do that, as a lot of people know," said Isner, a quarterfinalist last year.

He will next face another seasoned campaigner in Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, who also reached the last eight back in 2005.

Seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro booked a second-round clash with young American Ryan Harrison after defeating France's Florent Serra.

The Argentine, U.S. Open champion in 2009, battled to a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 victory in two and a half hours against his 116th-ranked opponent, who has never got past the second round in New York

The 20-year-old Harrison, who lost his first-round match last year, matched his 2010 debut achievement by beating Germany's Benjamin Becker in straight sets.

Serbian eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic became the seventh man at this year's tournament to win after dropping the first two sets, having faced a shock defeat at the hands of world No. 129 Guillaume Rufin.

Tipsarevic, whose quarterfinal achievement last year was his best result at a grand slam, finally triumphed in three hours 37 minutes against the 22-year-old Frenchman.

He will next face American Brian Baker, who continued his fairytale comeback by winning his first match at the tournament since his last appearance seven years ago.

The former second-ranked junior player had multiple surgeries which wrecked his career, and had been coaching tennis at Belmont University when he decided to return to the professional tour this year.

Baker, who made it to the second round at the French Open and the last 16 at Wimbledon, beat Czech Jan Hajek in straight sets in the opening match of his home slam.

"I had some nerves. I don't think it was probably the prettiest match ever. A win is a win," said the 27-year-old, now ranked 70th despite still studying for a business degree and continuing his coaching role at Belmont.

"I think just getting out and not having played the U.S. Open in seven years and having expectations and having a lot of friends and family just gives you ... I mean, it's good nerves.

"I think it helps you focus a little bit more and want it a little bit more, but it was exciting time to be back after so much time off."

Veteran German 21st seed Tommy Haas, a three-time quarterfinalist, lost to Latvia's Ernest Gulbis, while Russian No. 28 Mikhail Youzhny also blew a two-set lead as he was beaten by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

Muller, who reached the last 16 in 2011, earned a clash with Australia's former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who is expected to retire after the tournament.

Hewitt, the 2001 champion and a three-time semifinalist, beat young German Tobias Kamke 4-6 6-2 6-1 6-4.

      Tennis

    • Rafael Nadal of Spain watches the ball in his match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia during during day seven of the China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 3, 2014 in Beijing, China.

      What does 2015 hold for Rafa?

      Rafael Nadal's body might be giving him a few problems, but his mind remains as strong as ever. Will the Spaniard add to his haul of 14 grand slam titles?
    • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and his long time girlfriend Kim Sears arrive at Buckingham Palace on October 17, in London, England. Murray will become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and receive his medal from the Duke of Cambridge. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

      Love game: Andy Murray to tie knot

      The Scot has served up a few changes to his support team in 2014 but there's one person who isn't going anywhere -- his new fiancée Kim Sears.
    • Despite being forced to retire at the age of 24 due to health problems, Lacoste remained in the game and went on start the "Lacoste" brand in 1933, which specialised in tennis products. The inspiration for the company's logo came from his nickname as a player, "le crocodile."

      'Crocodile' who broke all the rules

      His distinctive crocodile logo is seen on clothing all over the world, but Rene Lacoste also left a lasting legacy in the development of tennis.
    • Serena Williams of the US holds the US Open trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their US Open 2014 women's singles finals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 7, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

      Serena savors U.S. Open win

      Serena Williams is without peer in the modern women's game and now she is on a par with two American tennis legends from the past.
    • American tennis player and golfer Althea Gibson (right) receives a kiss from compatriot Darlene Hard, whom she beat in two sets to become the first black woman to win the Women's Singles Finals at Wimbledon.

      The amazing life of Althea Gibson

      Over the course of her remarkable life, Althea Gibson was many things to many people -- but it was tennis where she really left her mark.
    • Courting couple at match point

      "I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
    • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: Tennis / Frauen: Wimbledon 2004, London; Finale; Siegerin Maria SHARAPOVA / RUS 03.07.04. (Photo by Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

      'Baby' Sharapova's big moment

      It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
    • 'Swiss Miss' follows mom's lead

      Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.