03 Sep 2012

Magnificent Murray powers into quarters

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Photo: Paul ZimmerAndy Murray (GBR)

British No. 1 Andy Murray powered his way into the quarterfinals after a 64 64 62 win over young Canadian Milos Raonic.

In what was billed as a tough encounter, Murray showed his class and experience as he broke Raonic’s serve four times without having to face a break point himself. It was a superb display of how to return serve as Raonic, who is the tour’s leading ace hitter this year, was unable to find a way past the world No. 3.

Murray will next face twelfth seed Marin Cilic after the Croatian outclassed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s conqueror, Martin Klizan, in straight sets 75 64 60.

Roger Federer is also through to the quarterfinals after Mardy Fish was forced to pull out of their fourth round match. The American missed 2 months of the season earlier this year because of an accelerated heartbeat but Fish’s agent announced “We are not 100% sure what the issue is and if it is related to his previous issues.”

Federer goes on to face Tomas Berdych after the Czech beat Nicolas Almagro 76(4) 64 61. Berdych has won only 4 of the 15 meetings between the two players but they have each won three of their last six encounters and Berdych won their last meeting in a Grand Slam, the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2010.

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams looked in ominous form as she blitzed Andrea Hlavackova 60 60. The powerful American hit 31 winners and only made 7 unforced errors in the match and will play Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinal.

Ivanovic was in impressive form herself as she beat Tsvetana Pironkova 60 64. She reaches her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since Roland Garros in 2008, which she went on to win.

Thanks to a couple of upsets, the US Open will have Italian women in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930. Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani are doubles partners and second seeds in the women’s doubles tournament but they will line up on opposite sides of the court in the women’s singles quarterfinal.

The winner of that match will be the first Italian woman to reach a US Open semifinal since Baroness Maude Giacomo Levi in 1930.

Vinci is looking forward to playing against her doubles partner and said “I’m happy to play against her; for sure an Italian goes to the semifinal. She’s my best friend, so I’m very happy to play against her.”

Vicni beat second seed Agnieszka Radwanska 61 64 in her fourth round match and Errani beat sixth seed Angelique Kerber 76(5) 63 to reach her third quarterfinal at a major this year.

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