Andy Murray suffers unfortunate injury playing with baby daughter

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Despite his win on Monday, Murray again played down his chances of winning the title in NY.

But on the next point, the way he scampered forward to pick up a stop volley from Duckworth and guided it down the line, was nearly vintage Murray, prompting a fist pump. But considering all the pain Murray has experienced in his hip, sprinting toward the net to chase down a drop volley and put it away was something to celebrate.

The 33-year-old, whose three Grand Slam titles have earned him something resembling adjunct status to the Big Four, upset eighth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Murray eventually ground out a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 6-3 victory in hot and sticky conditions on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium and moves through to a second-round clash with 31st seed Fernando Verdasco.

Both felt good physically, though not quite as good about their chances of contending for the title.

It was Murray's first appearance in a Grand Slam since last year's Wimbledon quarter-finals, almost a year since he underwent hip surgery.

"(To be a contender) I would have been able to train and practice a lot more than what I have done", he said. "I would have played more matches in the build-up to the tournament". I think I'm still just taking it one match at a time.

Murray said: "There are things that I want to focus on longer-term that are going to be beneficial for my game, like a game style that I would like to be playing". It's a little bit more sheltered from the wind.

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The 2016 champion couldn't defend his title a year ago and needed two left knee surgeries, but has had some good results this summer.

The three-time slam victor, now ranked at 101, followed up his quarter-final run at the Cincinnati Masters with a strong showing against the Bulgarian, who he defeated in the first round of a grand slam for the second time running. And I can see that the last tournaments, it went really high, from struggling in the match to competing at a really high level.

The three-time grand slam champion is in NY with wife Kim and his two daughters, Eadie and two-year-old Sophia.

"This year is kind of a transition year", he said. "I am just coming back from injury so you never know how your body will react".

Man of the moment Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first main-draw match at Flushing Meadows, beating veteran qualifier Tommy Robredo 6-3 7-6 (7/1) 6-4, while there was an emphatic 6-0 6-3 6-4 victory over Donald Young for third seed Juan Martin del Potro.

"Sometimes on the off-days at slams I would hit for, like, an hour and a half; in my opinion, it's too much", he said. But he improved as Monday went on and hopes that continues. "Hopefully I feel good and take it from there".

A former champion played well in his games, facing five break points and suffering two breaks of serve to limit the damage behind his initial shot.