US Open 2009: Andy Murray vs. Paul Capdeville


World number two Andy Murray faces Chile’s Paul Capdeville in the second round of the U.S. Open this afternoon.

Though this will be their first meeting on the tour, Capdeville’s style of play is practically well known to Murray, as when the Scot was in his teens, they used to train together at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona.

“I know what his technique and his game is like,” Murray said in a recent interview. “It’s not going to be any surprises.”

The 22-year-old eased to a 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 victory against Latvian Ernests Gulbis on Tuesday night to reach round two but knows he must be more focused if he is to repeat his run to the final a year ago.

If he beats Capdeville, Murray, who is aiming to win his first Grand Slam title, will face Spain’s Ivan Navarro, or American Taylor Dent in the third round.

UPDATE: Andy Murray dropped a set but came back forcefully to beat Paul Capdeville 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.