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Andy Murray believes Kyrgios will learn from US Open experience

By Tom Allnutt

Published 03/09/2015

Marching on: Andy Murray embraces Nick Kyrgios after beating the Australian in four sets in the first round of the US Open
Marching on: Andy Murray embraces Nick Kyrgios after beating the Australian in four sets in the first round of the US Open

Andy Murray admits Nick Kyrgios may have to tone down his flamboyant style to realise his full potential but believes the Australian will only get better with experience.

Murray took the sting out of Kyrgios' youthful exuberance, beating the youngster 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-1 to move into the US Open second round, where he now faces France's Adrian Mannarino.

Kyrgios was typically unpredictable, producing a spectacular, and often reckless, array of shots but Murray proved himself a class above with a clinical display.

There was the usual Kyrgios box of tricks and it sometimes seemed the 20-year-old was keener to win the affection of the crowd than points on the scoreboard.

He had the whole stadium in raptures in the first set after fielding a Murray lob brilliantly through his legs, but later tried the same shot, without success, when a simple finish would have opened up break point.

"When he makes a shot like that, he gets really pumped for the next few points as well," Murray said. "When he missed that shot, it was an important game. I think he had a bunch of break points.

"That is a poor shot selection, which would suggest he's not concentrating that well at that point.

"That's where you have to realise that and just try to play solid. That's something that comes with playing hundreds of matches against different players.

"I felt like when he had his dips, I felt like I capitalised on them."

Murray beat Mannarino 6-3 6-3 when the pair met at Indian Wells this year but the French left-hander, ranked 35th in the world, can be an awkward opponent.

"It'll be tricky," Murray said. "He's a talented left-hander, who hits the ball very flat on both sides. I had a tough match with Mannarino earlier in the year."

Meanwhile Serena Williams survived an early scare to beat Holland's Kiki Bertens in straight sets at the US Open and keep her calendar grand slam dream alive.

Williams has made a habit of dramatic comebacks this year and she did it again, fighting back from 5-3 and then 4-0 in the tie-break to clinch the opening set.

Williams found her groove to seal a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory and book a third-round clash with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

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