US Open: Murray cruises into last eight clash with Isner
Andy Murray was relieved to get out of the heat after finishing off Donald Young to reach the US Open quarter-finals.
After almost two full days of waiting, as rain dogged the tournament, Murray resumed yesterday trailing 2-1 in the opening set against Young.
But he dominated to win 6-2 6-3 6-3, giving him time to recover for a quarter-final today against John Isner who defeated Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4).
Murray said: “I'm very happy because it's getting very warm now. After the last couple of days it's good to get off in straight sets, get some rest, because it's going to be a long few days.”
Murray is bracing himself to play every day, with a quarter-final today, a semi-final tomorrow and the final on Sunday.
The weather forecast for New York is not good for the coming days, though, and the tournament could run into a third week.
Murray was not at his best against Young, but did not need to be to beat the former teenage prodigy.
“I could have made it easier for myself if I'd served better so I'll go and hit some serves this afternoon,” Murray said.
American hero Andy Roddick and fifth seed David Ferrer were sent out to Court 13 to complete their match after bizarre scenes on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
After two days of almost continuous rain, the players were finally able to resume their clash on time this morning with Roddick leading 3-1.
The skies were clear but they had only completed two games when it became clear there was a problem. Because of the extremely high water table, water had begun to seep through a small crack in the court behind the baseline.
Towels, tape and a vacuuming device were all tried, with the surreal sight of tournament referee Brian Earley pushing a towel around with his foot.
After more than an hour's delay, the players were called back on court but Roddick was clearly unimpressed, telling Earley he was “baffled” why they were out there when water was still coming through.
Off they went again and after moving to Court 13, Roddick eventually won 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3 and now meets Rafael Nadal who defeated Gilles Muller a 7-6 6-1 6-2.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams came through an early test against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach the semi-finals.
The American, looking for her fourth title at Flushing Meadows, won 7-5 6-1. She will face top seed Caroline Wozniacki or 10th seed Andrea Petkovic in the last four.
Australian Sam Stosur extended her winning streak over Vera Zvonareva with a 6-3 6-3 victory.