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Summary

  1. LIVE: Andy Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4
  2. Click the audio speaker or Live Coverage to listen
  3. Novak Djokovic beats Philipp Kohlschrieber 6-3 7-5 6-4
  4. Serena Williams into quarter-finals with 6-3 6-3 win
  5. Eugenie Bouchard loses to Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7-2) 6-4
  6. * denotes next to serve

Live Reporting

By Sam Sheringham

All times stated are UK

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Steady on Novak. Remember what happened to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga when he dared to question Murray's form? Djokovic is right to be confident, but so should Murray be after a fine performance in the heat on Arthur Ashe. Wednesday's match will be a repeat of their 2012 final at Flushing Meadows and if it is even half as good, it will be little short of unmissable. How about we reconvene right here to follow the drama? Hope to catch you then. Good night.

Andy Murray
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Murray beat Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final in a five set thriller

Novak Djokovic says that Murray has "been on and off this year", but that the quarter-final match - a repeat of the 2012 US Open final - will be "very high quality tennis".

He tells Sky Sports, ominously, that he feels "very confident on the court".

Stat attack

The match stats reflect Murray's total dominance over his French opponent. Murray hit 45 winners to Tsonga's 32 and made only 18 unforced errors, compared with 43 by the Frenchman.

And despite Tsonga's pre-match criticisms of Murray's service power, the Scot's average first serve speed of 119mph was only two mph slower than his opponent's. Murray also served 11 aces to Tsonga's six.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"As encouraging as Murray's form was his fitness, which didn't appear to waver during two hours and 35 minutes of oppressive heat and humidity. Meanwhile, over on Armstrong the seemingly unstoppable Eugenie Bouchard was brought to tears at one stage as she suffered badly in the conditions on her way to defeat. It's highly likely the Murray-Djokovic quarter-final will be in the relative cool of Wednesday's night session."

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Andrew Neill: Best performance we've seen from Andy since he won at Wimbledon last year. Steely showing and raised his game when needed.

Charles Nurick: Great win for Murray. Always seems to produce his best when people are expecting him to struggle, much like vs Raonic in 2012.

Shohidur Rahman: Even though Murray beat Tsonga in straight sets he has no chance against Djokovic. Easy win for Novak.

Game, set and match

Makarova 7-6 6-4 Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard
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Eugenie Bouchard's US Open campaign comes to an end as the Canadian seventh seed is beaten in straight sets by Ekatarina Makarova of Russia.

Murray will be delighted to have got a monkey off his back by beating a player ranked in the top 10 for the first time since his Wimbledon triumph in 2013. His reward? A meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Andy Murray on Sky Sports: "I though offensively I played well, kept him on the back foot, away from the net. I think was at the net more than him and that was important. He had chances in the second and third sets, but I was happy to come through.

"I always try to take the return early on second serve and I knew that would make Joe go for more huge first serves. He did that and served a couple of doubles - that helped."

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It was a great performance by Andy. I know he's going to sleep well tonight, but not because he's so tired but because he's got that first top-10 win in a year. It's a whole new ball game and there's no pressure on him whatsoever. He can really shine in this next match."

Andy Murray: "It was extremely tough. I'm just glad I managed to get through. The third set was tougher. His serve is huge and thankfully he missed a few serves in the end."

On his quarter-final clash with Novak Djokovic: "It's a tough match. We've had a lot of long ones, there's normally a lot of rallies. I hope we can play another top-level match but if I play well I have a chance."

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"There's no sprinting to the net after that match, both players were completely exhausted. Tsonga had so many more unforced errors. Tsonga got oppressed by the conditions."

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Murray looks relieved more than anything as he removes his cap to reveal a very sweaty crop of hair. He shakes hands with his opponent then acknowledges the crowds applause. That has to go down as one of the British number one's best performances in quite some time.

Game, set and match Murray

Murray 7-5 7-5 6-4 Tsonga

Tsonga is in trouble here, as a double fault puts him 0-30 down. Murray slams a backhand past the motionless Tsonga for three match points. Tsonga saves the first with a superb smash, but when a Tsonga backhand drifts long, Murray can celebrate a straight sets win.

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Murray 7-5 7-5 5-4 Tsonga*

At 40-0, Murray gifts Tsonga a lifeline, corrects his own error with an ace down the middle to move within one game of the match. We've been playing for exactly two and a half hours on a sweltering afternoon in New York.

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Laura Lambert: With Djokovic to face next, who had an easy win, Murray needs to make sure he sees this out in 3, especially in these conditions.

GL: Nice work Andy. Keep the points short and get the job done in 3. Early bed this evening would be nice!!

*Murray 7-5 7-5 4-4 Tsonga

Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears is wearing a top with the word "DREAM" written across it, and her beau is daring to do exactly that as he scents a quarter-final showdown with Novak Djokovic. Tsonga reminds him that's there still work to do though as he holds to 15 for 4-4.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I really don't envy either player in this situation because both are definitely hurting. They look like they're in pain, like they're living in Jupiter - the gravity pull is pulling them into their chairs. Did you see them plopping into their chairs?"

Murray 7-5 7-5 4-3 Tsonga*

Murray's serving blip is well and truly over. He's finding the first serves again, finding the corners again, and seals a hold to love with a drop shot that has more sideways spin than a Shane Warne googly.

*Murray 7-5 7-5 3-3 Tsonga

What a shot! Murray anticipates a Tsonga smash and, while running at full pelt, leathers it for a winner across the Frenchman. Tsonga is 0-30 down, but shows great spirit to reel off four consecutive points and keep us on serve.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I really feel Murray is in a nice commanding position and needs to be more docile about his attitude - but more emphatic with his shots. If you're half a mile ahead in a 10k, don't exaggerate your emotions."

Murray 7-5 7-5 3-2 Tsonga*

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What a turnaround. Murray holds with consummate ease and now holds the edge in this third set.

Murray breaks back

*Murray 7-5 7-5 2-2 Tsonga

A sweetly-sliced backhand from Murray stays too low for Tsonga, who falls 0-30 down. A backhand pass gives Murray three break points, and he needs only one as Tsonga pushes a backhand wide. Murray, staring at a double break just moments ago, is right back in this third set.

Concern for Bouchard

Worrying medical time out for seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in her game against Ekaterina Makarova.

She's having her blood pressure taken in the sweltering New York heat, is taking salt tablets and there's tears in her eyes as bags of ice are run down her arms to try and bring down her temperature.

Bouchard lost the first set 7-6 to her Russian opponent and is 3-2 down, with serve, in the second.

Thankfully, it looks like she'll continue.

Murray 7-5 7-5 1-2 Tsonga*

Tsonga has the proverbial bit between his teeth now and is really going for his shots on the Murray serve. He passes Murray at the net then greets a second serve with a disdainful return winner to get himself a break point.

Murray staves off the danger, but after working his socks off to earn a game point, he serves a double fault. Two more break points are saved, the second with an ace before Murray can finally stumble over the line.

*Murray 7-5 7-5 0-2 Tsonga

Now then, another big test for Murray. Little chance of a comeback just yet though as Tsonga opens up a 40-0 lead with some huge serves then wins the game when Murray's return flies wide.

Tsonga breaks

Murray 7-5 7-5 0-1 Tsonga*

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Both players left the court at the end of the second set for a comfort break, but both have returned so, to paraphrase Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, we go again.

Tsonga stepping in from the baseline on the Murray second serve and the Frenchman punishes the Briton, eking a 15-30 advantage. Impressive scampering from Murray, though, scooting to the net to level at 30-30.

But Murray coughs up a double fault to present Tsonga with a break point and Murray embarks on one of his angry monologues. Tsonga ruthless from the baseline on a Murray second serve and takes his chance!

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Hashim Albahbahani: Tsonga is so frustrating to watch! How in the world did he lose that set?

Chris Rhydderch: Andy Murray now 2 sets up but it's traditional that he'll now lose the 3rd!!

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Andy is playing really good tennis, but he's so unpredictable physically. He's grunting and groaning, holding his back. It's tough to read what he's really feeling out there. Because of the humidity and the conditions, the players are so moody. So many ups and downs emotionally."

Game and second set

*Murray 7-5 7-5 Tsonga

Tsonga reacts to the danger of falling 15-30 behind with a 128mph ace, then puts away a smash after watching Murray somehow hang on deep into a point that was never his to win. Murray catches Tsonga unawares with a looped return into the forehand corner and we're at deuce.

Murray seems to be in pain here as he holds his ribs, but there's little effect on his game as two more fine returns earn him a break point. Make that three fine returns of serve! Tsonga can't handle the pace on Murray's forehand and the British number one is one set away from the quarter-finals.

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"I think Jo-Wilfried Tsonga deserves a tie-break and I think this set deserves a tie-break."

Murray 7-5 6-5 Tsonga*

A cleverly-worked point from Murray earns the approval of coach Amelie Mauresmo, who sports a light-weight pink T-shirt at she watches her charge. Even Tsonga applauds Murray when he flies across the court to get his racquet to what looked a sure-fire winner and places a backhand into the court.

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Tom: Murray playing a blinding few games, needed to fight fire with fire and stepped up.

Chris Braithwaite: Murray just stepped it up a gear. Wow. These boys hit the ball so hard.

*Murray 7-5 5-5 Tsonga

Jo Wilfried-Tsonga
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Tsonga has removed his pesky cap, and is now exposing his noggin to the sweltering sun. The Frenchman's serve seems to have recovered some of its zip as he holds to 15, sealing the game with an emphatic overhead. At 5-5 in the second set, we're into a key phase of the match.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"Come on, Jo Jo!" There's plenty of support around Ashe for the Tsonga comeback, with the stands continuing to fill up at each changeover, but the blistering run of points that saw Murray break back and then hold serve had the New Yorkers on their feet and fist pumping like the days of Connors.

Murray 7-5 5-4 Tsonga*

Murray is pumped up now, belting through his next service game without even looking like losing a point. Tsonga, in contrast, looks woozy and stunned, his final effort a disastrous drop shot that loops into the net.

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"Tsonga can't quite believe this. I haven't seen Murray play this aggressively in a long time."

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Every forehand Murray hit was 20% harder in that point. Now it's Tsonga taking a little extra time, redoing his shoelaces."

*Murray 7-5 4-4 Tsonga

This is bubbling up into quite a match, with both men scrapping out every point on a humid New York afternoon. Murray forces the game to deuce and saves a game point by chasing down an under-hit drop shot and slamming it across the court. A horribly wayward Tsonga forehand presents Murray with a chance to break back, but Tsonga saves it with his sixth ace of the match. A bulldozer of a return gives Murray another break point, and this time he take it with a fizzing forehand crosscourt pass.

Murray 7-5 3-4 Tsonga*

Tsonga has made 24 unforced errors to Murray's nine, and yet we could soon be level at one set all. Tsonga makes Murray work hard to hold serve, but the Scot puts it away with a sublime forehand drop shot, which spins off the court and out of Tsonga's reach.

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John McEnerney: Both of these guys suffer from lapses in concentration, Andy less over the last few years but it still happens! Eye on the prize!

pauline smith: Come on Andy! Going to US Open this week and I would like to see you playing!