Andy Murray’s preparations for the US Open look set to continue unopposed this afternoon as he faces Alex Bogomolov Jr in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
However, Murray was somewhat out of sorts in his second round win against David Nalbandian and will have to be better against Bogomolov Jr who upset Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his last match.
Murray lost to the World No.50 in straight sets at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Miami earlier this season, but is convinced he can go far in this tournament – despite his first round exit in Montreal in his previous tournament.
Following his Nalbandian win, Murray said: “Obviously I want to start playing my best tennis but the most important thing right now is to try and get as many matches as possible before the US Open.
“I didn’t want to have another first-round loss.
“I stayed calmer towards the end of the first set when I started to move a little bit better but earlier on I was definitely tight and that is something I’m trying to work on and stay a little bit more composed.
“That also comes with playing more matches and hopefully I’ll get a few more this week.”
Murray should definitely have at least one more game after this to hone his game for an assault on the US Open.
Bogomolov Jr may have beaten Murray in Miami, but the Scot showed in the closing set against Nalbandian that his game is starting to come together.
If Murray plays anywhere near his best tennis then he should sweep into the next round. Backing him to do it in straight sets – as he did against Nalbandian – at 4/9 looks worth a bet.