Andy Murray selected for Davis Cup semifinal vs Argentina
Sep 07 2016 by Francis Osborne
It wa a flawless performance from Andy Murray against Grigor Dimitrov.
For good measure, Murray sent down his fastest ever serve of 141mph (226.9 km/h) at the end of a set where he allowed Dimitrov just five points on his service.
The British number one had been out of sorts in the previous round, when he had to battle past Italy's Paolo Lorenzi, and it seemed fatigue might finally be catching up with him at the last grand slam of the season.
"I've not been sleeping great since I've been here". "It was definitely up there", said Murray. "Tonight was the first time I have gone above 140", said the 29-year-old. I never sleep that long. 'I played very well.
"Once I got up in the score, wasn't giving him any free points, I could sense it was getting tough for him".
"We'll check what the court's like, slower or faster, and after the first couple of days you get a feel for what to go with".
"My best tennis is in there".
"Andy is the best player right now out there", Dimitrov said. When you don't play your best and win, it's a really positive thing. But with Djokovic at the other side of the net, someone hits the panic button and despite having all shots in his repertoire, Murray is seen wasting a lot of energy by screaming towards his box - a familiar and frustrating sight for tennis fans across the world. You played one bad match. "I didn't have much time on the court overall before the fourth round", said Djokovic who came into the tournament suffering from a wrist injury.
"They've played a lot of tennis this summer". The world No24 has never won a match from two sets down, while Murray had won his previous 124 Grand Slam matches after taking the first two sets.
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He's played well this year, he was runner-up at Augusta and week in, week out he has been very solid. Obviously I'm playing the best golf of my life and whatever I'm doing right now is working.
"Andy is playing great and he should be confident".
"It's not maybe Kyle's fault". I'm more sort of concerned about how I'm feeling just now. In the post-match interview, Murray nearly smiled when asked to address the fact that he'd just served his fastest serve ever, clocking one at 141 miles per hour - a speed very few players have ever reached. I knew what I had to do.
Murray is set for a more testing encounter against Nishikori, who is one of the fittest players on tour, but he holds an excellent record against the world number seven.
The Wimbledon champion has beaten world No7 Nishikori in seven of their last eight meetings, including a straight-sets win as part of his successful Olympic gold medal defence in Rio last month.
The second seeded Murray thrashed Bulgarian 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov, winning in three sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and will join Swiss third seeded Stan Wawrinka, Japanese sixth seeded Kei Nishikori, and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro as quarter finalists.
The Olympic champion looked a little sluggish in his previous win over Paolo Lorenzi but dropped just five games in a one-sided 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory in NY. "He's made his only Slam final here". He beat Novak here (in 2014).
McEnroe described Dimitrov's performance as "horrible", and the 25-year-old admitted "today I ran out of fuel, I think, physically and mentally".
"Tactically I played a good match".
"I've played there a couple of times, and it's just the best tournament of the year".