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ANDY MURRAY admits his third-round meeting with 10th-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez at the US Open is not a match he should be expected to win.

The 19-year-old British number one and 17th seed crushed Italy's Alessio Di Mauro 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 in the second round but is refusing to get carried away with his encouraging form.

"He's had a really, really good summer. He made semis in LA, Toronto, Cincinnati and he's won his first two matches here comfortably," Murray said of Gonzalez, whom he should face today.

"It's not a match I'm expected to win. It's just supposed to be a close one."

Murray admitted revenge was the driving force behind his victory over left-hander Di Mauro who had won their only previous meeting - on clay.

It was that 6-2, 6-1 defeat in March 2005 which fired up the Dunblane ace who was only 17 at the time. Andy said: "I wanted to beat him after I lost badly against him last time."

Murray, who beat world No.1 Roger Federer in Cincinnati two weeks ago, had less work to do to overcome Di Mauro. Murray took just 19 minutes to blow his opponent away in the first set at Flushing Meadows, New York, before wrapping up the second set in 27 minutes and the third in 28.

PAISLEY ace Alan Mackin lost 6-3, 6-2 to Chile's Felipe Parada in the quarter-finals of the ITF Futures event in Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Netherlands.

ENGLAND crashed to another one-day defeat in the second match of the NatWest Series with Pakistan.

Despite a personnel change they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat at rain-hit Lord's.

England again underperformed with the bat, dismissed for 166 after rain forced a revise to 40 overs a side. Pakistan cruised to their win with 20 balls remaining.

It gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the five-match series and continued England's losing run - it was their eighth limitedovers defeat since beating Ireland in Belfast last June.

VEDAM Hariharan saw his Glasgow Accies claim a place in the SNCL play-off final - then blasted league chiefs.

Accies beat Kelso at Uddingston to set up a winnertakes- all clash with Perthshire at the same venue today.

But the match was reduced to a 10-over thrash by rain. Hari said: "For a game of this importance there should be a reserve date."

Accies rattled up 95-6 with Andy Dodson smashing a superb 52 from 26 deliveries. In reply the Borderers were 71-5.

KINGUSSIE'S 20-year domination of shinty's top division officially came to an end yesterday.

Despite winning 2-0 Kings can't take the title this term after old rivals Newtonmore beat Oban 3-0.

SCOTS cycling star Chris Hoy beat German Jan Van Eiden in the final of the International Sprint Grand Prix in Dudenhofen, Germany.

FIVE Scots are part of Great Britain's first women's volleyball squad for next weekend's Knallecap in Boras, Sweden. Su Ragazzi trio Lynne Beattie, Karen Black and Paula Scott are in along with Team Edinburgh pair Jennifer Thom and Joanne Morgan.

JOHN WHITE is out of the Al Ahram World Squash Open in Egypt after a 3-0 defeat by eighth seed Gregory Gaultier.

The Scottish No 1 lost 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 to the Frenchman.

Meanwhile, Inverurie-born Peter Nicol is into the quarterfinals of his last tourney after an 11-10, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8 win over Finland's Olli Tuominen.


Smiles better: Murray breezed past Di Mauro but Gonzalez will be a tougher proposition
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 3, 2006
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