US OPEN 2014
Murray Sets Djokovic QF Clash
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
"I think that's really why we play the game," said Murray, looking ahead to his next match. "That's what you put the work in for, so that when you come to these events and you do have to play against the best players that you're ready. And, as much as it's incredibly tough and challenging, the match, that's what you enjoy."
The Scot recorded his first Top 10 win since he defeated Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon final as he edged Tsonga in two hours and 35 minutes. Murray went on the attack to break Tsonga in the 12th game of the first set and rallied from a break down in the second to take a two-set lead. He closed out victory after breaking Tsonga in the 10th game of the third set, having hit 45 winners to just 18 unforced errors.
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Victory for Murray avenged the defeat he suffered against Tsonga three-and-a-half weeks ago in the Toronto quarter-finals. He had lost seven matches against Top 10 opponents since winning his second Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon.
"Today was a good match for the most part," said Murray. "I feel like I'm playing well. I'm going to have to play extremely well to win the event or even just to get through the next match...
"I'll just try and take the confidence that I gained from a win like this into the next round, and hopefully put on another good performance."
Murray trails Djokovic 8-12 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, with his Wimbledon win his lone victory in their past five contests. He also prevailed against the Serbian in five sets in the 2012 US Open final.
"They were both very long, tough matches, so I know that I can last those matches against him," said Murray. "Anything can happen in a couple of days. I just do everything properly and hope on Wednesday I play a good match."
The 27-year-old Scot is aiming to reach his second major semi-final of the season, having also reached the last four at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal).