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Andy Murray cruises into US Open second round

The Wimbledon and Olympic Champion loves the conditions under the new roof at the US Open.

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Murray celebrates winning his first round US Open match
Jerry LaiUSA Today Sports

Murray loving the roof at the US Open

Andy Murray, second seed here at the US Open, has always said he would rather like an indoor grand slam and at the US Open it seems he might just have found the next best thing. The current Wimbledon and Olympic champion cruised through his first round match at Flushing Meadows with a thumping 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Czech player Lukas Rosol in the night session on Tuesday.

Perfect conditions under the roof

The new roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium was actually open but because of its enormous size, Scot Murray said it made conditions almost identical to playing in an indoor tournament. "It's quite different playing out there now," Murray told journalists. "There's literally no wind at all. It almost has the feel of playing indoors, it's perfect conditions."

The roof is open, but for Murray it's size makes conditions perfect.
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The roof is open, but for Murray it's size makes conditions perfect.Geoff BurkeUSA Today Sports

Noisy affair

The roof, combined with the cooler evening air, made conditions easier to control the ball as well as ramping up the decibel levels for the traditionally noisy New York crowd. "It's a lot louder than most places we play and it's a slightly different sound out there," the 2012 U.S. Open champion added. "There's always been noise but I think the roof has changed it a little bit. "You get used to it as the match goes on but it would be quite a significant difference if you play on the outdoor courts."

Murray will now play Marcel Granollers of Spain in the second round.

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