Extra rest suits Murray

  • Last Updated: September 1 2012, 7:35 BST

Andy Murray hopes his New York schedule can play into his hands as he prepares to play his first match in three days at the US Open on Saturday.

Andy Murray: Yet to drop a set

Having begun his campaign on Monday, the third seed was the only man to play his second-round match on Wednesday, when he easily saw off Ivan Dodig in the night session.

It is a complete contrast to last year, where he did not play his first-round match until Wednesday and found himself trying to play catch-up in the second week when rain played havoc with the schedule.

Murray found himself playing three matches in as many days, the last of which saw him lose to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

The Scot said: "Sometimes at Wimbledon it happens where you play Friday and Monday. Here it's not happened to me that often where I've had the two-day break.

"A lot of the guys in the draw have had it in the first round from Monday to Thursday, then some from Tuesday to Friday.

"I have to view it as an advantage after what I've been through at some of the US Opens before, like last year and when I made the final as well (in 2008). I had a lot of matches to play in a short space of time. I'd rather be in this position."

Murray has not dropped a set so far and, if his record against next opponent Feliciano Lopez is anything to go by, tomorrow should be comfortable as well.

The pair have played six times before and the 25-year-old has won all of them, dropping only one set.

They have met twice at grand slams, in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and in the third round of the US Open last year, with Murray dominant both times, particularly in New York.

He said: "I've played him a lot. I do know his game well. He's got a big serve on him and he likes to come to the net. I've always played well against him.

"I have had good success against him in the past. But because of his style, he can make it very tricky if he plays well."

Unusually for a Spaniard, 30th seed Lopez loves to attack the net, a style Murray particularly enjoys facing, while he also has a good record against left-handers.

Having one day less to recover may also count against Lopez, who played for four hours and 15 minutes in the heat on Thursday before seeing off countryman Pablo Andujar in five sets.

The 30-year-old said of his previous encounters with Murray: "I remember he played a great match at Wimbledon at a time when I was playing my best tennis having beaten (Andy) Roddick and some good players.

"He found a way to return my serve pretty easily, although it was a bit of a different match in New York. It was really windy and I didn't play my best.

"It is always difficult when you have a negative record against a player but this is another chance for me to challenge Andy and play better than I did here last year.

"I will try to change something from our last match. It is true he is a good returner and he likes playing aggressive players like me who attack and try to go for the point every time. I have to take this match as an opportunity and try to take my chances."

Unlike Murray's match against Dodig, this clash is likely to be played in the day, where the heat could be a factor.

In his first-round match against Alex Bogomolov, which was played in the afternoon, Murray struggled a little with cramp at the end despite winning in straight sets.

He said: "I think there's a few things I'll do differently going into the match. Against Lopez, it will be a different match. The points are a lot shorter.

"Also if I serve like I did (against Dodig), I'll be able to dictate a lot more of the points and won't have to do as much running."