Andy Murray advanced to the US Open semi-finals with a confident victory over John Isner in New York. The British number one came through a tough test and his hopes of a first grand slam remain alive despite having to play three games in as many games.
Murray overcame Isner 7-5 6-4 3-6 7-6 in three hours and 25 minutes at Flushing Meadows in warm conditions to advance. The first two sets were tight affairs as a single break for Murray in both gave him a commanding 2-0 lead but Isner fought back in the third and showed why he has climbed the rankings in recent times. The 26 year old used his huge serve to good advantage but as the match went on the British number one became acclimatised to it and his biggest asset became less and less effective.
The first set went with serve as a tie break seemed to be on the cards at 5-5 but Murray found the extra edge to break Isner and then hold his serve to secure a tight first set. The second set was much the same as Murray began to dominate, going 2-0 up. Isner showed fight though but couldn’t break Murray as the Scot served out to take the second set. Any hopes of a straight set victory for Murray were faded when Isner came out of the blocks and stormed to a 4-1 lead in the third. He eventually took it 6-3 and a much tighter affair then expected was on the cards.
Murray is not World number four for no reason and he wasn’t going to let a two set lead slip in a grand slam quarter final. The fourth set went to a tie break and Murray broke in the breaker to make it 4-2 before taking it 7-2 and advancing after a tough encounter.
We will have to wait and see how much that the game took out of Murray but a game which was over three hours long in that weather must have had an effect on Murray. He will play either Rafa Nadal or Andy Roddick in the semi-final on Saturday evening.
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