Spinning in 112 kmph second serves, grabbing at his hamstrings, Andy Murray gritted his way through cramps to win his first-round match at the U.S. Open.
The eighth-seeded Murray beat Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 today. He started cramping in the back of his shoulder early in the third set, then it spread to his forearm.
Murray was twice down a break in the fourth set, but Haase unraveled with a string of unforced errors. The 70th-ranked Haase wasted three break points in the final game, when he was also hurt by a missed call.
In the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open, Murray rallied from a two-set deficit to beat Haase.
In the women's draw, second-seeded Simona Halep rallied from a set down to beat a young American making her Grand Slam debut.
The Romanian won 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2 today over 20-year-old Danielle Rose Collins. As a sophomore at Virginia, Collins earned a wild card into the U.S. Open with her run to the NCAA title as an unseeded player.
The French Open runner-up, Halep reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 this month. She has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber also needed three sets to outlast qualifier Ksenia Pervak 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Kerber was down a break in the third set.
Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska had no such trouble. She beat Sharon Fichman 6-1, 6-0 in 47 minutes, losing just three points in the second set.
Results - day one
Leonardo Mayer (23), Argentina, def. Albert Montanes, Spain, 6-2, 3-0, retired.
Matthew Ebden, Australia, def. Tobias Kamke, Germany, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Andreas Seppi, Italy, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.
Simona Halep (2), Romania, def. Danielle Collins, United States, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2.
Agnieszka Radwanska (4), Poland, def. Sharon Fichman, Canada, 6-1, 6-0.
Angelique Kerber (6), Germany, def. Ksenia Pervak, Russia, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
Lucie Safarova (14), Czech Republic, def. Timea Babos, Hungary, 6-4, 7-5.
Andrea Petkovic (18), Germany, def. Ons Jabeur, Tunisia, 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-3.
Kurumi Nara (31), Japan, def. Aleksandra Wozniak, Canada, 6-2, 6-1.
Zheng Saisai, China, def. Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Belinda Bencic, Switzerland, def. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, 6-3, 6-2.
Jana Cepelova, Slovakia, def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, Spain, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.