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What to watch at US Open: Djokovic takes on Murray

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm •  Published: September 2, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray went more than a year between victories over top-10 opponents.

Now he needs to make it two in a row.

In the U.S. Open quarterfinals Wednesday night, he will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the seven-time major champion Murray beat in the final for his two Grand Slam titles — at Flushing Meadows in 2012, and at Wimbledon in 2013.

The latter had been Murray's most recent win against someone ranked in the top 10 until he got past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round Monday.

"That's really why we play the game. That's what you put the work in for, so that when you come to these events, and you do have to play against the best players, that you're ready," the eighth-seeded Murray said. "As much as it's incredibly tough and challenging, the match, that's what you enjoy."

Djokovic, the 2011 U.S. Open champion and a participant in the past four finals in New York, has won 12 of 20 career meetings against Murray.

Both men are superb returners and ball-retrievers, able to swing from defense to offense in a blink.

"A lot of the matches have been long games, long rallies, long points," Murray said, "because we do a lot of the same things well."

Here are other things to watch on Day 10 at the year's last Grand Slam tournament:

TIRED NISHIKORI?: Coming off a victory that ended at nearly 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori didn't have a lot of time to recuperate before his quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon against No. 3 Stan Wawrinka.

Nishikori did not exactly enjoy perfect pre-tournament preparation for the U.S. Open, missing time after having a cyst removed from his right foot in early August.

He only resumed practicing points a couple of days before play began at Flushing Meadows last week.

"I wasn't expecting (a) big result like this," he said following his five-set upset of No. 5 Milos Raonic in the fourth round, "but after the first round, I (got) more confidence on my foot."

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