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Murray advances to last eight

2012-09-04 07:29

New York - British third seed Andy Murray advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday by defeating Canadian 15th seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Olympic champion Murray, seeking his first Grand Slam title, will play for a berth in the semi-finals against Croatian 12th seed Marin Cilic.

The 25-year-old Scotsman reached his eighth Grand Slam quarter-final in a row.

Murray broke Raonic with a drop volley winner for a 5-4 lead and held to take the first set after 36 minutes. In the second set, Murray broke for a 3-2 edge when Raonic netted a forehand and held serve from there to seize command.

Raonic, trying to become the first Canadian man in a Grand Slam last eight in the Open era, surrendered breaks in the third and fifth games of the final set and Murray, who never faced a break point, held serve to end matters after two hours with a service winner.

Results from the eighth day of the US Open on Monday (x denotes seeding):

Men

4th rd

Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Mardy Fish (USA x23) - walkover

Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP x11) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-1

Marin Cilic (CRO x12) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 7-5, 6-4, 6-0

Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x15) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Women

4th rd

Ana Ivanovic (SRB x12) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-0, 6-4

Serena Williams (USA x4) bt Andrea Hlavacova (CZE) 6-0, 6-0

Sara Errani (ITA x10) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x6) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Roberta Vinci (ITA x20) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x2) 6-1, 6-4

Mixed Doubles

Quarter-finals

Lisa Huber/Max Mirnyi (USA/BLR x1) bt Nuria Llagostera Vives/David Marrero (ESP) 6-1, 7-5

Kveta Peschke/Marcin Matkowski (CZE/POL x4) bt Sania Mirza/Colin Fleming (IND/GBR) 6-3, 7-5

Ekaterina Makarova/Bruno Soares (RUS/BRA) bt Anastasia Rodionova/Jean-Julien Rojer (AUS/NED) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7

Lucie Hradecka/Frantisek Cermak (CZE x7) bt Elena Vesnina/Leander Paes (RUS/IND x3) 7-6 (7/2), 7-5

AFP