US Open: Murray, Nagal crash out, Serena moves into 3rd round

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NEW YORK, 4th Sep: Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open second round in straight sets to 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday.
The former world number one was demolished by the 20-year-old Canadian 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2hr 8min.
Murray, playing in his first singles Grand Slam since the 2019 Australian Open, had rallied to win a thrilling five-set match against Japan’s 49th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka the first round on Tuesday.
But the Scotsman, who is trying to rebuild his career after an injury-ravaged three years, was unable to repeat the heroics against the big-serving 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime who dominated from start to finish. The Canadian smashed 24 aces and 52 winners in a one-sided affair. Murray mustered just two aces and nine winners.
Sumit Nagal's trademark fighting spirit was on display throughout but it was not enough to get past world number three Dominic Thiem, who notched up a straight-set victory over the Indian in the US Open men's singles second round here.
Nagal lost 3-6 3-6 2-6 to the second-seeded Austrian, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a commanding performance at the Arthur Ashe stadium on Thursday.
Serena Williams’ quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title and seventh US Open crown continued with a gritty, straight-set dismissal of Russian Margarita Gasparyan. She’ll face Sloane Stephens in Round 3.
No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev posted an impressive performance against Australia’s Christopher O’Connell at the 2020 US Open on Thursday, dismissing the World No. 116, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, and booking a ticket to the third round.
The Russian never wavered in their two-hour contest, proving that he’s on a mission to repeat last year’s run to the final, where he finished as runner-up behind Rafael Nadal in five grueling sets.
Alex de Minaur showed true grit to move into the US Open third round but fellow Australian John Millman is out following a crushing five-set loss to American Frances Tiafoe.
De Minaur gathered himself after a mid-match collapse to close out a tense four-set win over French veteran Richard Gasquet before Millman succumbed 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a four-hour rollercoaster ride.


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