Murray guns his way into the last eight
Serve is on song as he beats Dimitrov
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