World number two Andy Murray wasted little time in securing his place in the US Open quarter-finals after sweeping aside Bulgaria’s Grigor Dmitrov on day eight at Flushing Meadows..
The Scot was not at his best to see off Paolo Lorenzi on Saturday but the Wimbledon champion returned to form dropping only five games in a 6-1 6-2 6-2 straight sets win over 22nd seed Dmitrov to keep hopes of a second US Open title alive.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori will be the man looking to stop the British number one in his tracks on Wednesday, after the sixth seed also impressed in his last 16 win over Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.
Nishikori cruised into a two set lead before 21st seed Karlovic gave the Japanese player a tough fight in the third to force a tie-break, but Nishikori had too much power for him to win a tie-breaker to advance with a 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7/4) straight sets victory.
Juan Martin Del Potro’s incredible comeback from injury continued as the Argentine booked his place in the US Open quarter-finals but it came as Austria’s Dominic Thiem retired due to a knee injury.
The 2009 US Open champion had a one set lead and led 3-2 in the second before the highly rated Thiem was forced to pull out through injury as Del Porto heads for a quarter-final with Stan Wawrinka.
It was not all easy for two-time grand slam champion Wawrinka as he held off a fight back from his Ukrainian opponent Illya Marchenko to keep hopes of a first US Open title alive..
The third seed cruised into a two set lead before the unseeded Marchenko pulled one back winning a third set tie-break, but Wawrinka held his composure to seal a 6-4 6-1 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 victory.
In women’s action, world number one Serena Williams made it grand slam win number 308 to move above Roger Federer in the all-time list of major victories, with a comfortable win over Yaroslava Shvedova.
It took the American just over an hour to see of Kazakh Shvedova 6-2 6-3 in straight sets as Williams remains the one to beat as she searches for a record-breaking 23rd grand slam title.
Fifth seed Simona Halep will be the one hoping to deny the Wimbledon champion that record when the two meet in the last eight on Wednesday, after the Romanian saw off Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5.
There will be no Williams sisters’ semi-final at Flushing Meadows this year as Venus Williams’ quest for a third US Open title came to an end with defeat to Czech Karolina Pliskova.
Tenth seed Pliskova had to come back a set behind to knock out the sixth seed as 24-year-old reached her first grand slam quarter-final with a hard-fought 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/3) win.
There was also a shock exit for Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, as 18-year-old Ana Konjuh set up a last eight clash with Pliskova after a surprise 6-4 6-4 win over the fourth seed.