Andy Murray defeats Thomaz Bellucci to enter 4th round

Andy Murray get past Thomaz Bellucci and reach the US Open fourth round

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Andy Murray had an easy as he defeated Thomaz Bellucci to reach the US Open fourth round, earning a three-set win on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 2012 champion was pushed in the third set by Bellucci, but that was the greatest of his challenges as he went on to post a 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory.

Murray did not blow Bellucci away so much as churn out victory in spite of him, hitting 32 winners to 22 - but crucially only losing 26 of 86 points on serve as he cruised.

Bellucci broke for a 2-1 lead in the first set, but the Brazilian left-hander's resistance was immediately quelled as the Briton broke back in the next game.

A marathon sixth game saw Bellucci stave off four break point chances to hold, but Murray broke for a 5-3 lead and served out the opener.

A 0-40 hole was too much for Bellucci to escape from in the second-set opener, and Murray endured a couple of 30-30 games on serve to keep his lead - and built on it with another break for 5-2.

Murray again flirted with a break at 30-30 serving for the set, but he was too good before Bellucci launched his best effort in the third set.

The 30th seed served first and stayed in front throughout, before Murray clinically broke to love in the 11th game and - as he did in the previous two sets - served it out.

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