Murray feeling strong ahead of US Open second week

31 August 2014 / 11:42

Andy Murray believes he is timing his run to top form well as he defeated Andrey Kuznetsov to reach the second week of the US Open.

Despite struggling with cramp in the first round against Robin Haase, the 2012 US Open champion has successfully navigated his way into the last 16 at Flushing Meadows.

His latest victory saw him overcome Russia’s Kuznetsov 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and 35 minutes on Saturday night.

It was far from a perfect performance but after finishing the match strongly having dropping the third set, Murray insisted it was job done.

"I expected him to play well," said Murray. "He obviously would have been confident from his last match.

"The first couple sets were pretty good, and then I started a bit slow in the beginning of the third.

"He gained confidence from that and he definitely started hitting the ball better in the third set. It was a tricky match but I came through well.

"I feel like I'm in very good shape. I trained extremely hard in Miami to get ready for this period of the year.”

Murray’s next opponent will be French ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Murray, who will contest a fourth round match at the US Open for the seventh time in ten years, knows he will face a strong challenge.

“We've played each other a lot of times," said Murray. “He's obviously playing well right now.

"He had a great week in Canada. He's played some good tennis so far here. It will be a tough match."

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