Mur­ray guns his way into the last eight

Serve is on song as he beats Dim­itrov

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The U.S. Open's serve-speed read­out board told the world that Andy Mur­ray smacked a serve at 141mph (227kph). He had his doubts. “Some­times,” said Mur­ray. “The gun can be a bit wrong, pos­si­bly.”

Tak­ing nine of 10 games at the out­set, Mur­ray over­whelmed Grigor Dim­itrov 6-1 6-2 6-2 to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals for the 22nd time in his past 23 Grand Slam tour­na­ments.

“I didn’t give him an op­por­tu­nity, once I was ahead, to let him back in the match,” added the No. 2 seed.

A big part of the way he took con­trol – and re­mained in con­trol – was his serv­ing.

“I served a bunch in the low 130s, mid-130s, which was good. I got a lot of free points with my serve,” said Mur­ray.

“The con­di­tions do a lot for you to serve quick. The balls are fast.

“I wanted to use that to my ad­van­tage as the tour­na­ment goes on. I did go up in [racket string] ten­sion a lit­tle bit from the last match. Maybe that al­lowed me to feel like I was able to swing a lit­tle bit harder.”

As for the evening’s fastest serve, which Mur­ray said would be the first time he’s topped 140 mph, he noted: “I think that was lucky.

“I only did it once. So I’m not ex­pect­ing to do it again.”

He played well in var­i­ous ar­eas, cer­tainly, but also faced lit­tle re­sis­tance from No. 22 Dim­itrov, who had ac­cu­mu­lated 23 un­forced er­rors and only two win­ners by the time he trailed 3-0 in the sec­ond set.

“Ob­vi­ously,” said Dim­itrov. “I ran out of fuel, I think, phys­i­cally and men­tally.”

Mur­ray has lost three times in 10 meet­ings against Dim­itrov, whose suc­cesses against Mur­ray in­clude the 2014 Wim­ble­don quar­ter­fi­nals and in their most re­cent en­counter, in May at Mi­ami.

But Mur­ray is play­ing about as well as pos­si­ble lately, reach­ing the fi­nal at each of his last seven tour­na­ments prior to the US Open. He has won 26 of his past 27 matches, in­clud­ing a ti­tle at Wim­ble­don and a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sin­gles gold medal at the Olympics.

“Andy is the best player right now out there,” Dim­itrov said.

The 2012 cham­pion at Flush­ing Mead­ows will now face Ja­pan’s no. 6 seed Kei Nishikori in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

‘The con­di­tions do a lot for you to serve quick.The balls are fast.’ – ANDY MUR­RAY

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