US Open: Murray, Evans Join Edmund For British Trio In 3rd Round

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Andy Murray and Dan Evans joined Kyle Edmund in the third round of the US Open late Thursday to make it three Britons in the round.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this feast made it the first time since 1968 that three British men have gone this far into the tournament.

Second seed Murray won 6-4 6-1 6-4 under the new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium as a storm hit New York.

Evans beat German Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-2 to reach the third round for the first time in three years.

Murray now faces Italian Paolo Lorenzi while Evans faces Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

Edmund, their 21-year-old compatriot, had reached the third round with a straight-sets win on Wednesday.

Paul Hutchins, Roger Taylor and Peter Curtis were the last three British players to make the third round of the US Open in the same year, in 1968.

Sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 and Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem saw off Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-4 6-3 6-2.

Rio 2016 Olympic finalist and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro beat local favourite Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round.

It was the first time for him since 2012, following a series of injuries.

In the women’s draw, Naomi Broady was beaten 7-6 (11-9) 6-3 by fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.(NAN)

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