No slacking from Murray on Labor Day, makes quick work of Dimitrov

Mon Sep 5, 2016 11:33pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was the Labor Day holiday in the United States on Monday but Andy Murray came to Arthur Ashe Stadium ready to work, demolishing Grigor Dimitrov 6-1 6-2 6-2 to storm into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open.

With the year's final grand slam entering its second week Murray dispatched the 22nd seed in just two hours, signaling he is well prepared to extend a dream summer that has included a second Wimbledon title and a second Olympic gold medal.

Bulgarian Dimitrov had ended Murray's title defense at Wimbledon in 2014 and came out on top in their last meeting earlier this season in Miami but the second-seeded Scot was firing on all cylinders on Monday.

He rated the match, which included a career-fastest 141-mph ace to close out the first set, as one of his best this season.

"It was definitely up there," said Murray. "I played very well today with very few unforced errors and made it very tough for Grigor.

"That would be the fastest serve I've hit, the other best serve was here at the U.S. Open around 138 but I have never hit over 140.

"I think that was lucky, I only did it once."

Dimitrov held his first serve but Murray then tore through the next five, wrapping up the set in 30 minutes and capping it off with a blistering ace.   Continued...

 
5, 2016; New York, NY, USA;  Andy Murray of Great Britain hits to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria on day eight of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports