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Murray Takes Opener in Straight Sets

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Andy Murray's attempt to convert Olympic gold into Grand Slam silverware got off to a winning start on the first day of the US Open here yesterday. As is so often the case, however, the 25-year-old Scot took a circuitous route before arriving at his final destination.

Murray, who beat Russia's Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1, never looked in danger of losing to the world No 73, but left plenty of room for improvement, particularly on his serve. The world No 4 put only 50 per cent of his first serves in court - in the first set only eight out of 29 of his first serves found their target - and was broken four times in the match.

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