Resilient Murray sets up Djokovic showdown
By Simon Cambers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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. Continued...