Murray satisfied after surviving tough opener

HE may have suffered some bumps and bruises along the way but Andy Murray&rsquo;s US Open hopes remain very much in tact after a comfortable first round victory in the early hours of yesterday.<br /><br />The world No2 was given a tough opening encounter against Latvia&rsquo;s Ernests Gulbis under the lights at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, before coming away with a 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 victory in two hours 17 minutes.<br /><br />Murray also suffered &ldquo;a few bruises&rdquo; on the way following a heavy fall in the final set, but said he was satisfied with his night&rsquo;s work against an opponent who had improved significantly since the pair last met at Wimbledon earlier this summer.<br /><br />&ldquo;I thought it was good,&rdquo; the Scot said. &ldquo;I thought it was a high standard of match. My concentration could have been a bit better but for a first match I thought it was very good because he played very well, a lot better than at Wimbledon.&rdquo;<br /><br />Murray now takes on his former junior training partner in round two, world No87 Paul Capdeville, of Chile.<br /><br />Speaking of his opponent, Murray said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure a lot of people won&rsquo;t know him that well, but I know him relatively well and there won&rsquo;t be any surprises.&rdquo;