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Andy Murray wins US Open clash as opponent smashes racket and injures hand after falling on court

Andy Murray booked his place in the second round of the US Open with a straight-sets win over Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

The 2012 men’s singles champion enjoyed a relatively stress-free afternoon in New York winning 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.


Murray showed his class on TuesdayCredit: Getty
While Moutet showed his temper


While Moutet showed his temperCredit: sky sports
A new racket was needed for the Frenchman


A new racket was needed for the FrenchmanCredit: sky sports

The same cannot be said for his opponent, who broke his racket after missing the opportunity to serve the second set at 5-4.

It also looked like Moutet’s match was going to end prematurely after coming up short early in the third set when he tripped over his own feet and landed awkwardly on his left hand.

After remaining on the pitch for a few minutes, Moutet got back to his feet.

Former British number one Murray saw the draw and will face either Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov or Slovakian Alex Molcan in the next round.

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It was a positive day for the British contingent on Tuesday with Cameron Norrie beating Alexander Shevchenko 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Meanwhile, Britain’s No. 1 Katie Boulter beat France’s Diane Parry 6-4 6-0 in an hour and 22 minutes.

Jack Draper and Jodie Burrage are also in action at the US Open on Tuesday.

Murray’s victory makes him the eighth man to record 200 Grand Slam victories in the Open era.

Moutet stumbles over his own feet while playing a shot


Moutet stumbles over his own feet while playing a shotCredit: sky sports
He landed awkwardly and descended


He landed awkwardly and descendedCredit: sky sports
Moutet received immediate treatment, while Murray checked on how he was before play resumed after a few minutes.


Moutet received immediate treatment, while Murray checked on how he was before play resumed after a few minutes.Credit: sky sports

He joins an illustrious list led by his three main career rivals, Roger Federer (369), Novak Djokovic (355) and Rafael Nadal (314).

This trio is more than 80 wins ahead of all others, with Jimmy Connors fourth (233), ahead of Andre Agassi (224) and Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl (222).

The Scot is just three wins behind seventh-placed Pete Sampras (203) and will overtake the 14-time major champion with a qualification for the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Tim Henman is his closest challenger among British players, with 98 Grand Slam victories.


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