Former champion safely through
Murray sees off Kyrgios threat in US
The 20-year-old Australian managed to take a set from the former US champion but Murray prevailed, breaking serve seven times to win in two hours and 43 minutes 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. He will face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the second round on Thursday.
“It was tough and I had to do a lot of running in very humid conditions,” said Murray. “I’m getting old now – 28 years old. I need to get in the ice bath and cool off a bit.”
The Scot won the US Open in 2012 and is tipped to repeat the feat.
Kyrgios was playing his first Grand Slam match since being fined for his comments about Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend during a match in Montreal.
Kyrgios and Murray could face each other in Great Britain’s Davis Cup semi-final to be played at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow this month.