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Andy Murray hopes to go on the attack in round three

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Andy Murray is determined to turn defence into attack when he takes on France's Adrian Mannarino in the US Open second round.

Murray has been eager to add more variety and creativity to his game this year but the Scot was on the back foot for much of his four-set victory against Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.

The Australian's explosive style of play largely restricted Murray to a night of counter-punching but Mannarino is likely to offer more attacking opportunities in round two.

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"It was hard for me to go out there against Nick and be really aggressive or play the way I wanted to, it's very hard against him," Murray said.

"He's a very powerful guy. He goes for unpredictable shots. You don't know exactly what to expect each point.

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"A lot of the time I felt like I was just reacting and ended up having to do quite a bit of defending and running because of that.

"But against him, you're going to have to play that way at times.

"Hopefully in the next round I'll have a little bit more time, be a little bit more comfortable out on the court and be able to play a little bit different."

Murray beat Mannarino 6-3 6-3 when the pair met at Indian Wells in March but the Frenchman, ranked 35th in the world, can be an awkward opponent as proven by a surprise win over Stan Wawrinka in Miami earlier this year.

"It'll be a tricky match," Murray said.

"He's a very talented left-hander, who hits the ball very flat on both sides. But I grew up playing my brother who is left-handed."

Murray added: "I had a pretty tough match with him in Indian Wells earlier in the year.

"He has very short, compact swings and excellent timing. He's quick. He's a good athlete.

"He has very good hands, he's a talented guy. He's had some good results this year so it will be a tough match, for sure."

Britain's Aljaz Bedene and Johanna Konta also play on Thursday, with both players hoping to reach a grand slam third round for the first time in their careers.

Konta, currently on a 14-match winning streak, takes on Spain's ninth seed Garbine Muguruza, while Bedene is up against American Donald Young.

Bedene won the pair's only previous meeting in Vienna three years ago and admits he may seek advice from Murray and James Ward, who both faced the American in the Davis Cup this year.

"I beat him once, why not the second time as well?" Bedene said.

"I will definitely speak to Andy and even James played him in the Davis Cup for a set (before retiring), so the guys know him.

"It will be good to get information from them."

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