Andy Murray seals quarterfinal date with Novak Djokovic

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Eighth seed Andy Murray sealed a quarterfinal clash with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic via a 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Monday at the US Open.

Murray hit 45 winners and just 15 unforced errors to tally his first Top 10 win in two hours and 35 minutes since beating Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon finals.

Djokovic, for his part, advanced to his 22nd straight Grand Slam quarterfinal via a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

“I’m very glad obviously that I had so many consecutive quarter-finals at Grand Slams,” said Djokovic, who leads Murray, 12-8, in their head-to-head clash.

On the women’s side, five-time champion Serena Williams cruised to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal this year via a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kaia Kanepi in just 64 minutes.

Williams improved to 4-0 lifetime against Kanepi, with Monday marking their first meeting since 2009.

“I finally made a quarterfinal this year,” Williams said. “I’m glad to do it in New York.”

The 17-time Grand Slam singles champion is now 76-9 lifetime at the U.S. Open, where she beat former world No. 1 and two-time Aussie Open titlist Victoria Azarenka in the last two finals.

Williams will next take on 11th seed Flavia Pennetta, who defeated Casey Dellacqua , 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Meanwhile, 17th seed Russian Ekaterina Makarova ousted seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, to reach her second straight US Open quarterfinal.

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