Murray Reaches Quarter-Finals

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Andy Murray returned to form last night, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach the last eight of the US Open.

The 2012 champion will be feeling a sense of relief as the victory marked his first win over a top 10 player in more than a year following back surgery.

Winning 7-5 7-5 6-4 in less than ideal conditions, it wasn’t an easy match for Murray. However he put in a powerful performance and showed just why he believes he is close to a return to his best tennis. The Brit now faces world number one Novak Djokavic in the quarter-finals.

“Today was a good match for the most part,” commented Murray. “I feel like I’m playing well. I’m going to have to play extremely well to win the event or even just to get through the next match.

“You never know what can happen in a couple of days. A week ago I didn’t feel great at all. Obviously the first match was a big concern and, now a week later, I’m in the quarters. A lot can happen in a few days.”

Ninth seed Tsonga was no match for Murray who seemed to be far more in control of the match mentally than his opponent and looked back to his best physically.

Tsonga said: “The only explanation for what’s happened today is my opponent was better than me on the court. I missed of course a few things, but at the end we have to play each point, and he was just better than me in these three sets.”

In Other US Open News…

Also yesterday at Flushing Meadows top seed Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1 7-5 6-4 to reach his 22nd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final. The world number one is the favourite to win the tournament.

Serena Williams, defending her championship at the US Open, beat Kaia Kanepi in straight sets, having now not lost more than three games in any set yet this tournament. Williams goes on to play Flavia Pennetta in the quarter-finals. If the 32-year-old manages to hold on to her title she will become only the second woman to win three consecutive US Opens since the competition began.

Best Value Bets

Djokovic is the favourite to win the US Open with pricing his chances at 1/1 while Murray’s odds have been slashed to 6/1 since beating Tsonga last night.