Murray in Cincinnati last eight
Britain’s Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open after fighting back to beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
The third seed, who saved a match point before beating Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday, overcame fatigue and heat to win 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Friday.
Murray said: “I fought and gave everything I had, but thankfully it’s just been enough in the last two days.”
Top seed Novak Djokovic beat Stan Wawrinka to reach the semi-finals.
Murray has now won more matches in 2015 then any other male player, 56, and with the US Open beginning on 31 August, he will be looking for a third Grand Slam title.
Against the dangerous Gasquet, he failed to convert a break point in the eighth game of the opening set and then paid the penalty when his opponent broke his serve in the next game to serve out for the set.
The Scot recovered to earn a double break in the second and although he had break points against him in two of his own serve games, he took the set 6-1 in 31 minutes.
Murray broke Gasquet again to lead 2-1 at the start of the third, but just when he appeared to have broken his opponent’s resistance, he was distracted by the lengthening shadows and the spider camera situated above centre court and momentarily lost his composure and then his serve.
The world number two continued to look threatening on the Frenchman’s serve and earned three break points in the ninth game. Although Gasquet saved one of them, he double-faulted to give Murray the opportunity he needed to serve for the match.
Murray added: “I was sluggish at the start, but as the match went on I was striking the ball better and was dictating a lot of points without having to do as much running.
“Physically I’m tired and my body hurts, but with the US Open coming up these matches are good for me physically and mentally to get through.”
Murray, 28, will next face either Swiss second seed Roger Federer or Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. The Scot will be promoted to second in the US Open seedings if Lopez beats Federer or Murray beats the Swiss if they meet on Saturday.
World number one Novak Djokovic looked imperious in his 6-4 6-1 victory over his French Open final conqueror Stan Wawrinka , and will now face qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov , who upset world number six Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2. Djokovic has won every Masters 1000 title except Cincinnati and will become the first player to complete the set if he wins.
In the women’s quarter-finals, world number one Serena Williams struggled before overcoming Serb Ana Ivanovic 3-6 6-4 6-2.