US Open: Andy Murray set to take on Leonardo Mayer in New York

Last Updated: 30/08/13 10:32pm

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Leonardo Mayer: Second round opponent for Andy Murray

Leonardo Mayer: Second round opponent for Andy Murray

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Andy Murray will take on Leonardo Mayer later on Friday and bid to join Dan Evans in the third round of the US Open.

For once in a Grand Slam tournament, Murray is being overshadowed by another British man, with qualifier Evans reaching the third round with a shock victory over Bernard Tomic.

Murray will not mind the spotlight being taken off him this week at least.

After finally beginning his campaign with a swift victory over Michael Llodra on Wednesday night, Murray takes on Mayer in the third match in the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The two players were born on the same day but apart from that they have very little in common.

The world No 81 is an out-and-out claycourt player. On the red stuff he is dangerous, and he has chalked up some good results recently, beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in Kitzbuhel.

Less of a threat

The 6'2" right-hander is less of a threat on cement, and he needed four long sets to see off the veteran Victor Hanescu in the first round.

His best shot is a powerful forehand, but he does not have a weapon with which he can really hurt the world No 3.

Murray has often struggled on Armstrong and last year had unexpectedly tough matches against both Feliciano Lopez and Marin Cilic on Flushing Meadows' second court.

Anything other than a straight sets victory for Murray though would be a major surprise. They have met only once before, four years ago in Valencia when Murray prevailed in three sets.

Expect the Brit to move into the last 16 in a hurry where he will take on either another Mayer, Florian of Germany or Donald Young of the USA.

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