Andy Murray says big improvement is required for US Open quarter-final against Stanislas Wawrinka
Last Updated: 05/09/13 7:40pm
Andy Murray: Looking to raise his game against Stanislas Wawrinka
Andy Murray admits he will have to produce a much-improved performance if he is to overcome Stanislas Wawrinka in Thursday's US Open quarter-final.
The defending champion struggled at times during his fourth-round victory over Denis Istomin, dropping the first set before winning three on the bounce.
While Murray made hard work of seeing off the world number 65, Wawrinka was scoring a superb success over fifth seed Tomas Berdych, and the Scot admits he hasn't played well in the early rounds.
"Hopefully I'll start playing a little bit better from now on," he said. "Sometimes the first week of a slam, I've played very well. Sometimes you maybe feel like there's something to lose a little bit.
"But I'm in the quarter-finals of a slam. It's not an easy thing to do, and the matches are going to get tougher. I'll have to up my game."
Wawrinka is back in the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time since 2008 and Murray is expecting a tough encounter.
"I'll need to play a good match," he admitted. "He's improved quite a bit this year. Some of the things he didn't do so well before he's improved.
"He has a very good backhand. He serves well. He's solid up at the net. He makes a lot of returns. He makes it very tricky for you. He's a top player. It will be a very tough match for me."
You can watch Andy Murray take on Stanislas Wawrinka live on Sky Sports 1HD from 5pm