US Open 2011: Murray beats Isner to book semi-final spot
British No1 moves into the semi-finals in New York with a 7-5 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) victory over John Isner
Andy Murray booked his place in the US Open semi-finals with a 7-5 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) victory over John Isner at Flushing Meadows.
The British No1 took three hours and 24 minutes to dispose of his American opponent and reach his first semi-final in New York since 2008.
Murray unleashed a number of stunning cross-court forehands to seal the opening two sets with relative ease before his American opponent mounted a brief comeback.
Isner appeared to draw inspiration from the voiceferous home support, and the 28th seed edged further ahead as he challenged Murray’s superiority in the match and eventually took the third set.
The American No2 continued to disrupt Murray’s momentum in the fourth. At 4-3, Isner was unable to capitalise on two break points and Murray rescued the game.
The Scot then comfortably raced into a 6-2 lead in the fourth-set tiebreak and Isner handed Murray victory with a loose forehand into the net.
“I’m really happy to get through,” said Murray afterwards. “He started serving very well as the match went on and it came down to a few points.
“I played really well, especially in the fourth-set tie-break. I went for my shots, served well and returned well.”
The No4 seed will now face defending champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-final on Saturday.
“Three-and-a-half hours in that heat isn’t easy,” he continued. “Hopefully they [Nadal and Roddick] will have a long one too so both players are in same boat tomorrow.
“I know I can win against either of them. I beat Rafa here before [in the 2008 semi-finals]. Andy will have huge support. Both will be pretty challenging.”
Murray has now reached the semi-finals of every Grand Slam in one season for the first time in his career.