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Murray Passes US Open Third Round Test; Faces Tsonga Next

New York, U.S.A.

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray came through a second four-set battle.

Andy Murray came through another test at the US Open, battling past Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. The Scot had also been extended to four sets in his first-round contest against Robin Haase.

With a two-set lead, the eighth-seeded Murray double faulted to drop serve in the 10th game of the third set. He regrouped quickly, though, to dominate Kuznetsov in the fourth set for victory in two hours and 35 minutes.

The 27-year-old Murray won his first Grand Slam championship at the US Open in 2012 (d. Djokovic), having also finished runner-up in 2008 (l. to Federer). The Dunblane native has reached at least the quarter-finals in the past 14 majors he has contested (missed 2013 Roland Garros) and goes on to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to keep that run going.

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The ninth-seeded Tsonga was a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Pablo Carreno Busta. The Frenchman advanced in one hour and 54 minutes, hitting 32 winners and saving the six break points he faced.

If he is to reach the US Open quarter-finals for the second time (2011 – l. to Federer), Tsonga will need to overturn a 2-9 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Murray and record his second win in a row against the Scot. 

Tsonga prevailed over Murray in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals in Toronto, en route to lifting his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. The winner of that contest could face Novak Djokovic in the last eight.

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