Andy Murray is planning to give the New York crowd a show tonight as he seeks to find his best form at the US Open and the Scot can be backed at 5/6 with Victor Chandler to beat Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
The fourth seed had to fight back from two sets down for the sixth time in his career to defeat Dutchman Robin Haase and set up a third-round clash with 25th seed Lopez.
The second set in particular was one of the worst Murray has played for a long time on the big stage but he used his renowned powers of recovery to squeeze through.
Murray had been subdued during the first two sets but he let his emotion show when he broke through at the start of the third, letting out a huge roar of “Come on!”
The crowd on Louis Armstrong Stadium were utterly enthralled, particularly when Haase fought back from 4-0 down in the decider before Murray finally triumphed, and it is an energy the Scot hopes to harness again.
He said: “They love emotion and they love a bit of drama, and also long points, someone fighting their way back.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing here, so I need to try and make sure I get my emotions right in the next match, make sure I get the crowd involved a bit, show some fist pumps and ‘Come ons’.
“That’s what I always did when I was a kid, and that’s when I felt like I always moved my best, when I enjoyed playing tennis the most. I enjoyed the end of the match, and I think that showed.
“I’m going to need to play better or I’ll be going home. You can’t come through four or five matches like that. But physically I’m good. I feel fine, no pain or aches or anything. So that’s a huge positive.”
Murray has dropped only one set in five previous meetings with Lopez and he added: “I like playing against him. I always enjoy playing lefties. I’ve had a good record against him in the past, and hopefully that will help me out.”