Fiji Time: 5:09 AM on Friday 12 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Murray, Djokovic in US Open to fourth round

Afp
Monday, September 01, 2014

NEW YORK - Former champions Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have punched their fourth-round tickets at the US Open with relatively comfortable victories.

World No.1 Djokovic blew past Sam Querrey 6-3 6-2 6-2 yesterday to book his spot, while Murray did things a little bit tougher.

"Sam is big server, very powerful. But he doesn't move that well so I wanted to keep him moving around the court, mix up the pace and get as many returns as possible back," said Djokovic after an 85-minute win which was never in doubt from the time he raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set.

Serbia's Djokovic, the 2011 champion who is bidding to reach a fifth straight Flushing Meadows final, needed only 85 minutes to dispatch Querrey, leaving John Isner as the only American man remaining.

Britain's Murray, seeded eighth, looked in cruise control early before gritting his teeth for a 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-2 victory over Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov.

"I got off to a good start and then had a cushion when he got back into the match in the third set," said 27-year-old Murray.

He will face either ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit the US Open in the first week when she was knocked out by Serbian world No.145 Aleksandra Krunic yesterday.

Five-time women's champion Serena Williams was a comfortable winner, racking up her 75th victory at the US Open.

Third-seeded Kvitova lost her third round tie 6-4 6-4 to pint-sized 21-year-old Krunic, who came through qualifying and had never won a match at a major before this year's event.

Kvitova joins second seed Simona Halep, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, the sixth seed, and eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic in failing to make the fourth round.

Kvitova dropped serve five times and committed 34 unforced errors against the 5ft 4in (1.63m) Krunic who divides her time between the pro tour and studying for a university economics degree.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65910.6401
JPY 54.274451.2744
GBP 0.32490.3169
EUR 0.41900.4070
NZD 0.71410.6811
AUD 0.66860.6436
USD 0.47530.4583

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 11th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Dead on the beach
  2. Gone but not forgotten
  3. A-G: Politicians advocated travel ban
  4. Civil servant taken into custody by FICAC
  5. Amendment bid
  6. Rakiraki town flooded, shops closed
  7. Weather watch: Met Office issues heavy rain alert
  8. Former PM's Office PRO found guilty by assessors
  9. $25k poultry project
  10. USP's financial review

Top Stories this Week

  1. Angry 7s fan smashes TV screen Tuesday (09 Feb)
  2. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  3. Need speed Monday (08 Feb)
  4. 3 MPs are out Wednesday (10 Feb)
  5. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment Monday (08 Feb)
  6. Ryan: Sunshine ahead Tuesday (09 Feb)
  7. Dead on the beach Thursday (11 Feb)
  8. Investigation as nurse falls with baby Tuesday (09 Feb)
  9. Legal row Friday (05 Feb)
  10. Sydney 7s thriller Wednesday (10 Feb)