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Andy Murray Beats Leonardo Mayer To Reach 3rd Round In U.S. Open

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Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during his men's singles second round match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina on Day Five of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) | Getty

NEW YORK -- Quickly putting aside one poor set, defending champion Andy Murray finished strongly and beat 81st-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the U.S. Open's third round.

After dropping the third set, then opening the fourth 1-all, the No. 3-seeded Murray powered his way to the last five games on Friday.

It's his 26th consecutive victory in a second-round Grand Slam match. Murray's last loss at that stage came in his U.S. Open debut in 2005.

Last year in New York, Murray became the first British man since 1936 to win a major tournament, snapping an 0-4 mark in Grand Slam finals. He added a second major trophy at Wimbledon last month.

Mayer is 0-12 against top 10 opponents.

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