US OPEN 2011
Murray Too Strong For Young; Faces Isner In QFs
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray has reached the US Open quarter-finals for the first time since finishing runner-up to Roger Federer in 2008. The fourth-seeded Scot defeated American wild card Donald Young 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday. The Scot will next play American John Isner, who took out Frenchman Gilles Simon in four sets to reach the final eight of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
Faced with the prospect of needing to win four best-of-five set matches in four days to win his first Grand Slam title, Murray said: “It's not ideal, but that's kind of what you have to deal with just now. You've just got to get on with it. You've just got to try and embrace the situation and do all the right things to get yourself ready if you have to play four matches in four days. But I'm still a long way from having to play four matches in four days.”
Indeed, it has since been announced that the men’s singles final will be played on Monday, 12 September, giving the finalists a day off on Sunday.
Resuming his rain-delayed match against Young trailing 1-2 in the first set, Murray hit 15 winners and five aces for victory in one hour and 58 minutes on Grandstand court. World No. 84 Young committed 53 unforced errors and drops to a 14-13 match record on the season.
"I wasn't the happiest obviously when I lost," said Young, who turned pro aged 14. "It's not just losing the way I lost. I felt I didn't put my best foot forward and play the way I've been playing the whole time. But it's been a good tournament."
In-form Isner, the No. 28 seed, is through to his first Grand Slam championship quarter-final with a 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) win over fellow 26 year old and French No. 12 seed Simon in three hours and 34 minutes. He has won 20 of his 29 hard-court matches this year.
"I never made a Grand Slam quarterfinal before, so it's definitely up there [as one of the biggest wins of my career]," said Isner. "It feels good to get that one done with and over with. I'm playing well. I felt like I played fairly well today. I was happy. I won a match, and my serve was broken five or six times. That's pretty encouraging."
Isner picked up his third ATP World Tour title at the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University (d. Benneteau) 11 days ago. He has a 33-19 record in tie-breaks this season.
"I do feel confident going into tomorrow. It's obviously a very tough opponent. He's playing well. He's so tough. He's been in this situation a lot more than me. With my serve, that's going to help me a lot. I'm going to have to play my best, my absolute best to have any shot."
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