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Murray hails greatest slam triumph

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:59

Sixth seed Murray crushed Swiss 10th seed Wawrinka 6-1 6-3 6-3 at Arther Ashe Stadium to reach the last eight of the final grand slam of the year for the first time.

“Obviously I’ve beaten better players than Stan but that level of performance throughout the whole match was probably my best one of all the slams I’ve played,” said Murray, who committed just 15 unforced errors.

His one hour 49 minute display sets up a quarter-final against in-form Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, who last night beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in straight sets, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on Wednesday.

“I felt like I was hitting the ball well,” he said, having allowed Wawrinka just three break point opportunities,” added Murray.

“When you play against someone as good as Stan, a top 10 player, they’re always going to raise their level a bit. There’s going to be situations where you have to sort of fight your way through.

“I think when I was a couple of break points down in the second set those are the sort of moments you have to come through and I did that really well. But in those types of situations, on courts as big as that, the start of the match is so important and I knew that.”

The win also handed Murray, a three-time winner in 2008, an elevation to at least world number five following David Ferrer’s third round exit at the weekend, while the Scot will climb to number four should be outlast fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko in New York.

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