Tennis - Andy Murray battles into US Open second round

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Tennis - Andy Murray battles into US Open second round
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during his men's singles first round match on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/JULIAN FINNEY)

- Former champion Andy Murray laboured past Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 1-6, 7-5 on a steamy Louis Armstrong stadium Monday to reach the US Open second round.

The eighth-seeded Scot, who hasn't reached a final since he won Wimbledon in 2013, appeared to be struggling in the 84-degree (29 C) heat as he dropped the third set, and twice fought back from a break down in the fourth before finishing off the unseeded Dutch number one.

Murray next plays German qualifier Matthias Bachinger, a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 winner over Czech Radek Stepanek.

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