Tennis: Murray reaches last 16 at US Open
NEW YORK (AFP) - Olympic champion Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4) victory over 30th-seeded Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez.
British third seed Murray will next face the winner of a later match between American James Blake and 15th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic.
Murray, four times a Grand Slam runner-up but still seeking his first major title, had lost only one set in six prior matches against Lopez but battled in heat and humidity to avoid being ousted, trailing in all three tie-breakers.
"It was a very tough match," Murray said. "Three tie-breakers, could have gone either way. He was up in all three of them. It was hot and humid. We played some good tennis, especially toward the ends of sets."