Resilient Murray sets up Djokovic showdown

Mon Sep 1, 2014 10:42pm EDT
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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...

Andy Murray of Britain serves to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 1, 2014.    REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine