US Open: Andy Murray faces in-form Stanislas Wawrinka in quarter-finals
Last Updated: 05/09/13 10:37pm
Stanislas Wawrinka: Has warned Andy Murray that he is playing better than ever
Stanislas Wawrinka says he is in the form of his life ahead of his quarter-final clash with Britain's Andy Murray at the US Open.
Wawrinka spared the defending champion a meeting with Tomas Berdych, who he has a losing record against, but Murray has not had an easy time against the Swiss No 2 either.
Murray leads their head-to-head 8-5 but his last early loss at a grand slam came against Wawrinka in the third round at Flushing Meadows in 2010, while the world No 10 thrashed the Brit in their most recent meeting in Monte Carlo this spring.
Wawrinka, who pushed Novak Djokovic all the way in an epic five-setter at the Australian Open, believes the title he won at the Portugal Open in May was a key factor in turning his form around.
"It's confidence, for sure. I had a tough beginning of the year but at the same time it was really positive for me because I was playing great tennis," he said ahead of the clash, which will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 HD.
"This is for sure my best year. I think I'm playing my best tennis ever.
"Andy is a really good player. It's always a tough match, but I like to play him. I like his game. I think if I start well, if I stay with him, I can have a good chance to do something."
Murray has not hit top form yet and has admitted he needs to play a better match than he did in his four-set win over Denis Istomin last time out.
"He's improved this year quite a bit," he said of Wawrinka.
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"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."
Wawrinka is in the unusual position of being the last Swiss player left after Roger Federer's shock loss to Tommy Robredo, but it is not a situation he is relishing.
He said: "I'm really happy with my year but I would prefer to have him still playing in the tournament.
"I watched his match and it was not that good. I was sad for him, because he's a good friend and I like it when he's winning grand slam titles. I hope he will come back stronger."
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