US Open

Andy Murray beats Denis Istomin to reach quarters

Andy Murray beat Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the first New York night session of his US Open title defence to set up a quarter-final against Stanislas Wawrinka

Andy Murray beats Denis Istomin to reach quarters

Andy Murray beat Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the first New York night session of his US Open title defence to set up a quarter-final against Stanislas Wawrinka, reports BBC online.

The Briton was irritated by a number of bad line calls and struggled for consistency on a windy evening, but was not seriously threatened in a 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-4 6-4 win.

Murray, 26, was given prime-time billing on Arthur Ashe Stadium and duly delivered the expected victory to reach his 17th Grand Slam quarter-final.

However, it was hard going over three hours and seven minutes after he let a winning position slip in the first set, and it was 11.44pm local time (04:44 BST) by the time he punched away the winning volley.

He will next face ninth seed Wawrinka on Wednesday after the Swiss upset fifth seed Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-1 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Andy Murray beat Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the first New York night session of his US Open title defence to set up a quarter-final against Stanislas Wawrinka.

The Briton was irritated by a number of bad line calls and struggled for consistency on a windy evening, but was not seriously threatened in a 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-4 6-4 win.

Murray, 26, was given prime-time billing on Arthur Ashe Stadium and duly delivered the expected victory to reach his 17th Grand Slam quarter-final.

However, it was hard going over three hours and seven minutes after he let a winning position slip in the first set, and it was 11.44pm local time (04:44 BST) by the time he punched away the winning volley.

He will next face ninth seed Wawrinka on Wednesday after the Swiss upset fifth seed Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-1 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.