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Andy has defeated Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in four sets to set up a quarterfinal match with Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka.
On a windy evening on Arthur Ashe, both players looked keen to get off to a quick start, which lead to numerous long exchanges from behind the baseline. All looked to be going comfortably on serve until Andy was serving at 3-4, when events took an unexpected turn and the world number 3 was left staring down the barrel of two break points, the first of which is converted when Andy miscued his forehand wide.
Never one to roll over and with Istomin serving for the set Andy fought back and played some exceptional tennis to recover the break back immediately. A tiebreak to decide the first set seemed fair, and Andy pounced early to lead 5-3. However a lapse in concentration saw the Uzbek fight back, and secure the first set tie break 7-5.
Despite going down a set, Andy hit back at his opponent in the second set with ferocious force and quickly stormed to a 4-1 lead, and with the pressure mounting Andy’s Uzbek opponent relinquished the double break and Andy was serving for set. Andy made no mistake in putting the second set to bed, and despite some spirited exchanges he closed out the second comfortably 6-1.
Both players began to really fight in the third set and at times both players produced some spectacular tennis. Most notably in the game that Andy eventually found the breakthrough. With his opponent ragging him around the court, belting groundstrokes into either corner, Andy refused to be beaten and after demonstrating his trademark superhuman defensive skills to rebuff everything thrown at him, he eventually smashed a crosscourt forehand pass that simultaneously brought the entire Arthur Ashe court to its feet. After breaking his opponent, it was just a case of serving strongly to close out the set, which Andy did, and it continued on serve until Andy closed it out 6-4.
The fourth set appeared to follow a similar fashion to the first, and both players appeared to be cruising on their service games until the scores were locked at 4-4. It was here that Andy chose to make his move and crucially broke his opponent and with the match time pushing almost three hours, Andy was serving for a place in the quarterfinals. Despite a nervy final game, Andy closed out the game, finishing with a powerful volleyed winner to secure the set 6-4, and more importantly take the match in four sets 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Speaking after the match Andy said “It was definitely tough. It was pretty breezy out there, the wind was quite strong and both of us struggled with out timing early on. When it’s breezy like that you can have some entertaining points. After losing the first set, I started trying to dictate the points, especially when the wind was with me, and use my forehand more. I had the chance to win the first set so it was just about minor adjustments.”
Commenting on his next opponent Stanislas Wawrinka, Andy added “Wawrinka will be very tough. He has played great tennis the whole year, is ranked eight or nine and will be higher after this. He’s very talented. We played once before on this court when we were much younger and a lot has changed since then, but it will be tough.”