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US Open: Murray roars back to edge through

Andy Murray produced an incredible comeback against Robin Haase to squeak through to the third round of the US Open last night.

Murray was playing some of his worst tennis of the year as he lost the second set 6-2 having dropped the first set 7-6.

On the brink of going out Murray suddenly found some form and took the next two sets 6-2 6-0.

The Scot seemed to be cruising when he went 4-0 ahead but then the Dutchman somehow found a second wind and reeled off four straight games to tie the match up. But Murray immediately broke Haase to edge ahead.

Serving for the match, Murray went 0-30 down but rallied and a rasping forehand set up match point but then missed an easy forehand cross court. Then Haase hit a stunning winner to save a second match point

But on the third match point Haase went long and the incredible encounter was over.

Donald Young, once the great teenage hope of American tennis, pulled off the best result of his career with a 7-6 (9/7) 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7/1) victory over 14th seed Stanislas Wawrinka, showing that at 22 he may now be ready to live up to his potential.

Maria Sharapova admitted she paid for too many mistakes as she crashed out in the third round with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 defeat by Italy's Flavia Pennetta.

The 2006 champion, who had been the second favourite for the title behind Serena Williams, paid for 12 double faults and 60 unforced errors as Pennetta progressed to a fourth-round meeting with Peng Shuai.

Third seed Sharapova had won all 12 three-set matches she had played this year prior to today, but she said: “I made way too many unforced errors.

“I fought back to get myself back in the match in the third set. When you're down 1-4 and you get yourself back in a position where you can win again and then start making errors, it's just too inconsistent to win the match against her.”US OPEN

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