Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray Reach 4th Round of US Open

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Top seed Novak Djokovic remains in competition for his second US Open title after a classy victory over the home crowd favorite Sam Querrey. Although the American did break the World no. 1 on two occasions, he never got close to claiming any of the sets in the round of 32 meeting which lasted merely 85 minutes. Novak got off to an explosive start by racing to a 5-0 advantage and while the opponent reduced the lead later in the set, the Serb closed it out confidently enough. The second and the third were even more straightforward as Nole broke the unseeded US player five more times and converted on the second match point to win 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He will play either John Isner or Philipp Kohlschreiber in the fourth round.

The 2012 New York champion Andy Murray had to spend more time on the hard court of Flushing Meadows as he was stretched to four sets by Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, ranked 96th. The opener was a one-way traffic with the eighth seed British player only dropping one game, whilst he had to break the unseeded rival two times in the second one to extend the lead. The Russian found some lifeline in the set three where he took over the initiative and capitalized on the late break to keep his chances alive. However, the favorite got back on track in the following set to avoid the decider by establishing and maintaining a double break cushion to land his fourth round ticket. He won 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 to set up a potential thriller against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The ninth-seeded Frenchman defeated Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic showed strong nerves and a lot of character to seize three relatively tight tie-breaks in the clash versus Victor Estrella Burgos of Dominican Republic. He thus advanced by winning 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) and will cross paths with the tenth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori who also progressed in straight sets.

Stan Wawrinka, seeded third, was given a free pass to the round of 16 as Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic withdrew from the Grand Slam tournament due to a right foot injury.

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