Michael Llodra was almost out of time but he wasn't out of tricks. Two lost points from a lopsided defeat in the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open, the 33-year-old Frenchman attempted to surprise Andy Murray with an underhand serve.
It didn't work.
Murray returned the serve with relative ease. After replying to Murray's return, Llodra came in to the net. He managed to turn back Murray's second shot of the rally with a diving stab. But the defending U.S. Open champion was up to the challenge of that shot, too, scrambling cross court to fire home an off-balance forehand winner.
"It's tough to concentrate, because he's so unpredictable. ... You've just got to be ready for anything," Murray told reporters after the 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win, via The Associated Press. "It's always fun playing against him, but it's tough."
Murray made playing against Llodra look easy during a late night at the U.S. Open. To his credit, the overmatched Llodra did his best to make sure the fans who stayed deep into the night were entertained.