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Djokovic Faces Murray, Wawrinka To Battle Nishikori In US Open Qfs

New York, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic faces Andy Murray for the 21st time, in the US Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The quarter-finals in the top half of the draw on Wednesday include three of the top eight seeds, with two former US Open champions meeting, and the reigning Australian Open campion facing a first-time quarter-finalist in Flushing Meadows.

In the opening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Wawrinka brings a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head edge against Nishikori. The No. 4 Swiss is trying to reach the US Open semi-finals for the second straight year and reach a third semi-final in his past five Grand Slam tournaments. He is making his seventh quarter-final appearance in a major (2-4 record). This is the first time in Wawrinka’s career he is playing in three Grand Slam quarter-finals in the same season.

Nishikori is playing his second Grand Slam quarter-final (’12 Australian Open). The 24-year-old Japanese native finished his fourth-round win over Milos Raonic at 2:26 a.m. on Tuesday, tying a US Open record. Nishikori is the first Japanese man in the quarter-finals since Zenzo Shimidzu in 1922. The last Japanese man to reach the semi-finals at the US Championships was Ichiya Kumagae in 1918. The last Japanese semi-finalist in a Grand Slam event was Jiro Satoh at Wimbledon in 1933. Nishikori is 5-4 against Top 10 opponents this season and he is trying to defeat back-to-back Top 10 foes in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

In the night session, Djokovic takes a 12-8 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Murray, who looks to even his mark (2-3) against the Serb in Grand Slam tournaments. Both of Murray’s wins came in finals, here two years ago in five sets and at Wimbledon in straight sets last year. In 2012, they tied the record for longest US Open final (4h54m) with ’88 title match (Wilander d. Lendl). Djokovic is attempting to become the seventh player in the Open Era with at least 50 US Open match wins. The 27 year old, who is one week younger than Murray, is trying to join Federer and Lendl with eight consecutive US Open semi-finals, only behind Connors’ Open Era record of 12. He has a 22-6 record in Grand Slam quarter-final matches, with his 18-match quarter-final streak halted by Wawrinka at this year’s Australian Open (9-7 in fifth set).

Murray has logged 10 hours and four minutes on court thus far to reach quarter-finals, compared to Djokovic’s six hours and 33 minutes (losing only 28 games). This is the fourth straight year Djokovic has not dropped a set en route to the quarter-finals. Murray has a 14-6 record in Grand Slam quarter-final matches but 1-3 since winning Wimbledon last year. He is trying to reach the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows for the fourth time in 10 appearances, most recently en route to his maiden Grand Slam title two years ago. Murray is also attempting to earn his 11th win (10-17) over a World No. 1, having posted wins over Federer four times, and Djokovic and Nadal each thrice.

Record vs. No. 1 Players

Player Wins Losses Pct.
Rafael Nadal 19 10 66%
Novak Djokovic 11 16 41%
Andy Murray 10 17 37%
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3 7 30%
Roger Federer 5 13 28%
David Ferrer 5 17 23%
Tomas Berdych 4 19 17%
Grigor Dimitrov 1 5 17%
Stan Wawrinka 1 15 6%
Milos Raonic 0 3 0%

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