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Andy Murray caught up in the net as Novak Djokovic advances

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Number one seed Novak Djokovic has advanced to his eighth straight US Open semi-final following a four set victory over eighth seed Andy Murray.

It was a physical battle in flushing meadows between the two tennis superstars who were forced into two consecutive tie breaks in the first two sets.

Djokovic took set one winning the tie break 7-1 while Murray came back in the second set with a repeat 7-1 tie break victory.

But two dominant sets by the top seed see him through the quarter-finals and advance to a stage he is very familiar with.

After taking the third set 6-2 and fourth set 6-4 it was a less than flattering rally to end the game as Murray sent the ball into the net on match point.

A brutally honest victor in the end as Djokovic claims: "At times, the tennis was not that nice, we made a lot of unforced errors."

But he epitomised what we can expect whenever he and Murray lock horns saying that "We played two sets in two-and-a-half hours and I didn't expect any less."

Djokovic was physically tired after the match but in good spirits claiming that now "my thoughts are just directed to sleeping right now."

Adding a casual joke about partying instead of sleeping showed the tournament favourites high spirits and perhaps high levels of confidence.

Djokovic was full of praise for his opponent after the match however saying "Andy has changed his game for better in the last couple of years. He's an established top player, someone who has immense quality."

Defeat now means that Murray will drop to 10th in the world rankings while progresses as many pundit's favourite to win the tournament.

Onwards and upwards

While Murray will begin the long journey home across the Atlantic, Djokovic will prepare for the tournaments big surprise thus far.

He will face off against Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals, the 10th seed who surprisingly overcame third seed Stan Wawrinka.

Nishikori will pose an interesting challenge for Djokovic as both look to take that extra step towards US Open glory.

As for the other side of the draw, sixth seed Thomas Berdych takes on Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals while second seed and many believe favourite to make the final Roger Federer takes on Gael Monfills.

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Novak Djokovic
Tennis
US Open Tennis
Andy Murray

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