Andy Murray let his mind wander to regaining his US Open title after a straight sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Flushing Meadows – although world No.1 Novak Djokovic lies in wait.
Murray, who claimed his maiden Grand Slam title with victory at the US Open in 2012, dispatched of his French fourth-round opponent 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals.
He’ll now meet Djokovic in the last eight, the Serbian officially stripping Murray of his Wimbledon title after a thrilling victory over Roger Federer at the All England Club back in July.
And, despite the size of the task in hand for Murray, he is adamant a third career Grand Slam title is more than within reach at Flushing Meadows.
"I don't feel like I'm that far away from playing my best tennis," said Murray. "It's still obviously a long way from trying to win the tournament, but it's only nine sets now, three matches, and I'll just try and take it one set at a time.
"I may be five, six days away from potentially winning another Grand Slam. I know there is a lot of work to be done between now and then, but putting everything out there on the courts, the last Slam of the year, I hope I can play well."
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