(September 3, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 3 seed Andy Murray and No. 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka overcame rough starts to advance to the quarterfinals on Tuesday night at the US Open.
Defending champion Murray stopped No. 65 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on a windy Tuesday night while Wawrinka hit 14 aces in a a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over No. 5 Tomas Berdych. Scot Murray and Swiss Wawrinka will face off against each other for a spot in the semifinals of Flushing Meadows.
Istomin who was making his debut in a Grand Slam fourth round, initially gave Murray problems. The highlight of the evening for the Usbek was when he hit a between-the-legs shot as Murray was close to leveling the match at a set apiece.
“Started well,” Berdych said. “I made the first set, but then I would say, yeah, Stan starts to play very well and very solid and many things doesn’t work from my game that I would like to.
“You know, when the opponent is that solid like Stan was playing today, then, it’s not enough.”
“That’s for sure my best year,” Wawrinka said. “Today I was playing really good tennis. As I said before the tournament, I think I play my best tennis ever. I had one or two first round. Tough mentally, especially to get the confidence back. But today I was really confident with my game, and I was playing really good. I think my best match against Tomas. It’s never easy to play him, but I did a good job. I was feeling really better than him.”
“This year is confidence, for sure,” the Swiss explained. “I had tough beginning of the year, but in the same time was really positive for me because I was playing great tennis. I had some tough loss, but I was still working out. I think the title in Portugal against David Ferrer in the final helped me a lot with my confidence to pass the next level. Since then, I’m feeling really good on the court.”
Wawrinka was asked about being the last Swiss player remaining and about his countryman Roger Federer’s upset loss the night before.
“It’s a different situation, for sure,” the Swiss said. “I’m really happy with me for myself with the year, what I’m doing right now, but I will prefer to have him still playing in the tournament, you know. I watched his match yesterday and it was not that good. I was sad for him, because he’s a good friend and I like when he’s winning Grand Slam titles. I hope he will come back stronger.
On playing Wawrinka in the quarterfinals Murray said: “I’ll need to play a good match. He’s improved I think this year quite a bit. Some of the things he didn’t do so well before he’s improved. So he has less weaknesses. You know, he’s more experienced now. You know, he has a very good backhand. He serves well. You know, he’s solid up at the net. He makes a lot of returns. He makes it very tricky for you. He’s a top player. It will be a very tough match for me.”
Murray leads in the head-to-head record against Wawrinka 8-5. They are 1-1 when playing each other at the US Open.