Djokovic, Murray in quarters clash, Serena advances

Mon Sep 1, 2014 6:26pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the U.S. Open on Monday as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarter-final, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough.

Temperatures neared 90 degrees (32 C) in Flushing Meadows and hovered around 100 (38 C) on the hard courts in high humidity that tested players.

The sweltering conditions nearly sent out promising Canadian Eugenie Bouchard as the 20-year-old seventh seed had ice applied to her arms and legs and had her blood pressure checked during her fourth-round match before she was eliminated 7-6(2) 6-4 by Ekaterina Makarova.

World number one Djokovic beat the heat by charging past 22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-1 7-5 6-4.

"It's important obviously in these particular conditions not to get carried away by frustration of heat," said Djokovic. "And especially after long rallies try to get extra breath.

"Obviously when I won second set I wanted to get the job done in three."

Murray also made straight-sets work out of his clash against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, posting a 7-5 7-5 6-4 victory over the ninth-seeded Frenchman who had beaten him in the quarter-finals at the run-up tournament in Toronto.

Though Murray is seeded eighth after a sub-par season following last year's back surgery, the Scotsman is approaching top form and has some positive memories of playing Wimbledon champion Djokovic in the grand slams.   Continued...

Sept 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams (USA) reacts after defeating Kaia Kanepi (EST) on day eight of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. REUTERS/ Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY