New York - Former champions Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray booked a tantalizing
US Open quarter-final duel on Monday with straight-sets fourth-round
World number one and top seed Djokovic didn't let
Philipp Kohlschreiber stand in the way of another Grand Slam last-eight
appearance, defeating the 22nd seed from Germany 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 on
another oppressively muggy New York day.
Eighth-seeded Scot Murray
advanced with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over ninth-seeded
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, avenging a loss to the Frenchman in the Toronto
Masters last month.
Djokovic and Murray boast a long rivalry in which the Serbian owns a 12-8 record.
are 2-2 in Grand Slam finals, including Murray's triumph over Djokovic
in the 2012 final at Flushing Meadows for his first major crown.
match," Murray said of the looming contest. "We've had a lot of long
ones. We played a long one here a few years ago - I have great memories
from that match."
Djokovic reached his 22nd straight Grand Slam
quarter-final, a run that stretches back to Kohlschreiber's victory over
him in the third round of the 2009 French Open.
"I'm very glad
obviously that I had so many consecutive quarter-finals of Grand Slams.
It says that I do value these tournaments the most and try to always
perform my best tennis in them," Djokovic said.
The Wimbledon champion looked headed for a short day's work when he raced through the first set in 25 minutes.
Kohlschreiber dug in, keeping his nose in front on serve and forcing
Djokovic to fend off a set point in the 10th game of the second.
did so with a stinging forehand passing shot to end a rally that sent
the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd wild, then broke Kohlschreiber for a
Serving for the set Djokovic saved another break point
with an off-speed service winner and having wrapped up the second set he
broke Kohlschreiber to open the third and marched home from there.
"It doesn't feel that it went very easily," Djokovic said. "Philipp is a tough player."
broke Tsonga in the final game of each set en route to his victory,
first recovering an early break in both the second and third.
Kei Nishikori worked late, very late, to earn a quarter-final berth
with a five-set win over Milos Raonic that equalled the latest finish
for a match in US Open history -- 2:26 am on Tuesday morning.
the 10th seed, defeated the fifth-seeded Canadian 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7
(6/8), 7-5, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Australian Open champion Stan
The finish time of the contest tied the record set in
1993 when Mats Wilander defeated Mikael Pernfors 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 1-6,
7-6 (8/6), 6-4 in a second-round match and tied in 2012 when
Kohlschreiber beat John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a third round
match in 2012.
Nishikori, the first Japanese man to break into the
top 10 in the world rankings, avenged a loss to Raonic in the fourth
round at Wimbledon and reached the last eight of a Grand Slam for the
second time after his quarter-final run at the 2012 Australian Open.
by a toe injury in the build-up to the Open, Nishikori needed treatment
for an apparent blister on his right foot early in the fourth set.
had been unable to convert eight break chances in the third set against
the big-serving Canadian, and let slip a 3-1 lead in the third-set
tiebreaker to fall two sets to one down.
But Nishikori gained the
only break of the fourth set in the 11th game and held to force a
decisive fifth frame in which he gained the upper hand with a break for a
3-2 lead -- aided by a Raonic double fault for break point.
the first Japanese man since Zenzo Shimidzu in 1922 to get to the
last-eight in New York, wrapped it up with a backhand volley winner on
his first match point, cheered on by the small crop of hardy fans still
remaining in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
He'll have little time to rest
before a Wednesday meeting with third-seeded Wawrinka, who beat
16th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2.
fired 18 aces and 75 winners -- to Robredo's 19 -- saving two set
points in the third-set tiebreaker and dominating the fourth set.
was a really tough battle today," said Wawrinka, who also survived a
tumble into the courtside seats in Armstrong Stadium when he hit the
board surrounding the court at full stretch for a shot.
I'm OK, I'm more tired from the running, from the match," he said.
"When you win, it's always more easy to feel good after."Results on Monday from the eighth day of the US Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of 2014 (x denotes seeded player):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x22) 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x8) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x9) 7-5, 7-5, 6-4
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x16) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2
Kei Nishikori (JPN x10) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x5) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-3, 6-3
Flavia Pennetta (ITA x11) bt Casey Dellacqua (AUS x29) 7-5, 6-2
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x16) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x17) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN x7) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4