Cincinnati Masters 2014: Andy Murray welcomes ‘perfect’ Roger Federer test
Cincinnati Masters 2014: Eighth seed Andy Murray beats American John Isner 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(2) to reach quarter-finals
Andy Murray is relishing a quarter-final meeting with Roger Federer after the eighth seed battled to a three-set victory over John Isner at Western & Southern Open.
The British number one was forced to see off match points in the third-set tiebreak before the 2013 Wimbledon champion sealed a 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(2) in two hours and 23 minutes.
The US Open is just 10 days away, and normally against him [Federer] you’ll see exactly where your game is at
And Murray, who is bidding to win his third Cincinnati Masters title, was relieved to get through a tough third-round encounter against the 11th seed.
“I just managed to find a way to get through that game,” Murray said.
“I hit some good passing shots. I was hitting the ball very clean for the majority of the match. I wasn’t mis-hitting many balls.
“When I was getting into rallies I was able to dictate a lot of the points, but in that game in particular it was just instincts, really.”
Murray’s reward for beating Isner is a quarter-final clash against 17-time Major winner Federer – but the Scot welcomed the test ahead of the US Open.
“It can be a perfect test,” added Murray. “The US Open is just 10 days away, and normally against him you’ll see exactly where your game is at.”