Andy Murray and Dan Evans joined Kyle Edmund in the third round of the US Open, making it the first time since 1968 that three British men have gone that far into the tournament.

Second seed Murray won 6-4 6-1 6-4 under the new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium as a storm hit New York.

Evans beat German Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-2 to reach the third round for the first time in three years.

Murray now meets Italian Paolo Lorenzi while Evans faces Stan Wawrinka.

Edmund, 21, reached the third round with a straight-sets win on Wednesday.

Paul Hutchins, Roger Taylor and Peter Curtis were the last three British players to make the third round of the US Open in the same year, in 1968.

Sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 and Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem saw off Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-4 6-3 6-2.

Rio 2016 Olympic finalist and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro beat local favourite Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round for the first time since 2012 following a series of injuries.

In the women’s draw, Britain’s Naomi Broady was beaten 7-6 (11-9) 6-3 by fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

ShareShare on Facebook0Share on Google+0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn0