Resilient Andy Murray sets up Novak Djokovic showdown

Andy Murray fended off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in intense heat at Flushing Meadows on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Reuters| Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014, 09:17 AM IST
Resilient Andy Murray sets up Novak Djokovic showdown

New York: Andy Murray fended off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in intense heat at Flushing Meadows on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The 2012 champion earned his first win over a top-10 player since his Wimbledon triumph last year to set up a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic.

Murray said he hoped Wednesday`s quarter-final between the two would go the same way as both their battle for the Wimbledon title and the 2012 US Open final, which he won.

"It`ll be a tough match," the Scot said after a two hour, 35-minute battle in humid conditions with temperatures close over 32 degrees Celcius (90 degrees Fahrenheit).

"We`ve had a lot of long ones, normally a lot of rallies, long points. We played a lot of long ones here a couple of years ago and I have great memories of that match.

"It`s going to be very hard but if I play well, I`ll have a chance."

Eighth seed Murray dominated the first set, taking it thanks to one break in the 12th game.

But the 27-year-old had to come from 4-2 down in the second set to go 2-0 up, smashing a forehand down the line off the Tsonga serve.

Again Murray found himself behind in the third and if ninth seed Tsonga had converted one of three break points at 2-0 he would have faced an uphill task to get back into the set with a double-break against him.

But the Scot raised his game when he needed to and secured his place in the last eight.

"I feel like I`m playing well," he said. "I`m going to have to play extremely well to win the event or even win the next match. 

"A week ago I didn`t feel great at all and a week later I`m in the quarters so a lot can happen."