Andy Murray battles past James Duckworth in winning return to US Open

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• Scot opens campaign with 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 victory
• ‘I’m very happy to be back,’ says former world No 1

The last time Andy Murray played more than three sets in one match he moved over the Centre Court grass at Wimbledon like Hercules – Harold Steptoe’s horse, not the Roman god. On the hardcourt of Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday the former US Open champion was more spritely than that hobbling beast and rekindled a smattering of his best moments on day one of the 50th edition of the tournament to eke out a tough 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over James Duckworth.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows
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