In the top half of the draw, World no. 1 Novak Djokovic (Player Profile) had the easiest of jobs advancing into US Open quarter-finals as he destroyed unseeded Marcel Granollers (Player Profile) to win 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 in seventy-nine minutes. The match was only a contest in the opener where Nole took advantage of the sixth game break and closed out the set with a hold to love. The helpless Spaniard was run ragged by storming Djokovic in the following two sets and was issued a couple of bagels before exiting the tournament. The top seed Serb converted seven out of fourteen break points and won 70% of the rallies (86-36). His next challenger shall be 21st-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia who eliminated former no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in an exciting five-setter in which the Australian was serving to seal the clash at 5-3 in the final set, but his rival crossed the finish line first after pulling off a four straight games run. End score: 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5.
“I had some great matches in the past that I can compare with this one today, but definitely today, second and third set have been some of the best tennis that I’ve played on Arthur Ashe in my career,” said Djokovic after the triumph.
Defending champion Andy Murray (Player Profile) was meeting resilient Uzbek Denis Istomin (Player Profile) who went one nil ahead after claiming the first-set tie break, yet the second seed British player responded immediately and cruised to a convincing victory in the end. He won 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and will now face a stern test against ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka who turned around his round of 16 encounter to defeat Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic, thus reaching the quarter-final stage at Flushing Meadows for the second time in his career. The Swiss number two took out fifth-seeded Berdych by winning 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
“I wanted to just try and get through the match,” Murray explained in a post-match interview. “In the end it was difficult conditions. It was extremely windy today.”
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