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Inconsistent Murray Nearly Ousted

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The Big Four in men’s tennis came to New York minus Rafael Nadal, and for stretches of Saturday afternoon it looked as if the three present might be reduced to two.

The No. 3 seed Andy Murray of Britain was made to work harder than he did at any point in his recent gold medal run, needing 3 hours 53 minutes in a sweltering Louis Armstrong Stadium to survive the 30th-seeded Feliciano López of Spain, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4).

Murray struggled with his consistency off the ground for much of the match, making an uncharacteristic 16 unforced errors with his forehand and 24 with his backhand.

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