Murray's winning momentum in Rio continues in Cincinnati
OLYMPIC and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray picked up where he left off in Rio by drubbing Argentina's Juan Monaco to take his place in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Murray, who with his gold medal triumph at the Rio Games became the first player to repeat as Olympic singles champion, notched his 19th successive match victory by a 6-3 6-2 margin in what amounted to a nice workout for the 29-year-old Scotsman.
After seemingly enjoying the long rallies, he had his right shoulder massaged on the changeover before the second set and rattled off four games in a row from 1-1 to turn it into a rout.
His victory set up a third-round match against South African Kevin Anderson with a berth in the quarter-finals at stake.
Top-seeded Murray's victory was in contrast to numerous big battles in the United States Open run-up event.
Third-seeded Spaniard Rafa Nadal, winner of gold in the Olympic men's doubles, avenged a defeat to Pablo Cuevas in February with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) triumph over the Uruguayan.
Fourth seed Milos Raonic of Canada won a heavy artillery battle with John Isner 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) for his first win after three career losses to the American.
Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France enjoyed his own double tiebreaker win over American Reilly Opelka.
Second-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka overcame 18-year-old American wild card Jared Donaldson in a match carried over from rainy Tuesday.
He will next face his doubles partner Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.