Andy Murray strolled into his sixth US Open quarter-final on Monday night.
Murray won’t let Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov into their fourth-round contest, dismissing the No. 22-seed 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Wins for Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Juan Martin del Potro ensured an all-star quarterfinal lineup in the men’s draw.
Murray was particularly impressive, allowing Dimitrov just five games in a straight sets demolition on Ashe.
“Tactically I played a very good match. I don’t think I made any mistakes there.
“I kept good concentration throughout,” Murray said.
After labouring in the third round against Paolo Lorenzi, the Wimbledon champion is looking as dangerous as ever.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
Relatively, Juan Martin del Potro’s triumphant return to the US Open lived to see another day.
Del Potro, another of Murray’s victims in Rio, had a simple time of things on Monday, after Dominic Thiem was forced to retire with a knee injury when trailing 6-3, 3-2.
The amiable Argentine advanced to the quarterfinals when No. 8 seed Thiem retired with an apparent knee injury.
Kei Nishikori gave the storied Louis Armstrong Stadium a proper send-off, beating Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday.
The venerable court, hosting a men’s singles match for the last time, is set to be replaced by a temporary structure next year, before a new complex is unveiled for the 2018 US Open.
The 2014 finalist (l. to Cilic) is into the last eight at Flushing Meadows for the second time in eight appearances and will face Andy Murray.
Despite playing on a windy day with gusts up to 25mph, Nishikori started the match flawlessly from the baseline.
The Japanese star hit 26 winners and, remarkably, did not make a single groundstroke unforced error in building a two-set lead.
Karlovic forced a third-set tie-break after firing 19 winners in the set.
But Nishikori raced to a 6/0 lead before closing out the match in just over two hours.
Nishikori, Murray’s next opponent, resisted the big-serving challenge of Karlovic to record his first straight sets victory of the tournament.
He will now turn his attention to avoid a repeat of his performance against the Scot at the Olympics, where he was soundly beaten in the semifinals.
Wawrinka is next up for the 2009 champion after the Swiss was forced to battle – not for the first time this week – against Illya Marchenko.
He eventually got the job done in four sets.
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