Murray shuts out noise, Granollers to reach third round

Andy Murray battled through a tense first set to triumph 6-4 6-1 6-4

"It was tough; had it gone to 5-5 then the first set becomes a really tough one and all the pressure is on me at the end of that set", Murray said. Its not just the eyes. "But if it's fine on TV, which from what I have heard it is fine on TV - I don't know what the fans have said about it yet, but the players will adjust". I was not feeling like I was hitting the ball right.

"It was tough, you couldn't really hear the ball which makes it tricky because you pick up the sound of the ball to judge the spins and read the pace of the serve", said Murray, who was broken for the first time in the tournament.

"It was so annoying", Granollers said. "With the rain, it was too much".

"We change stuff all of the time, but it takes time to adjust and then get used to that".

"I stopped rushing in the rallies", 2012 U.S. Open victor Murray said in an on-court interview. Rain has often been a schedule-wreaker at the U.S. Open, where the mens final was postponed five consecutive years from 2008-12.

Murray, like Lendl, lost his first four Grand Slam finals before winning his first - the 2012 Open - after he contracted Lendl's guidance.

Williams younger sister Serena, seeking a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title, faced Vania King in the night session. "It's a little bit different serving under the roof, a little bit heavier conditions". "But it still feels great".

He later claimed he couldn't hear the ball being hit and both he and rival Marcel Granoller complained to the umpire, who repeatedly asked the crowd to quieten down.

Britain's Johanna Konta says she pushed herself to the limit after overcoming an on-court collapse at the US Open on Wednesday. And: "Ladies and gentlemen, respect the players".

He had played Granollers seven times before, and only once had the Spanish clay-court specialist won, and that was on Rome's red courts-and after Murray was forced to retire with a back injury.

Eighth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem downed Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to line up a meeting with Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta, who rallied from two sets down to beat Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

The Canadian duo of Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor were forced to retire in the first set of their doubles match against Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul.

The 34-year-old, who has disappointed throughout his career, has done well at the US Open so far, beating Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round and shocking 30 seed Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 in the second round. After del Potro won, there was no more play in the main stadium, which usually is the site of each day's final encounter.

Because of Thursday's wet weather, action around the grounds was limited until the early evening. There's still plenty of tennis to be played in NY but the 36-year-old remains in contention after easing past Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2 6-3 to end the day session on Ashe.

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