Andy Murray happy with US Open win

Andy Murray admits he had to win ugly to reach the US Open last 16 after the British number one battled past Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.

Murray was far from his best in Arthur Ashe Stadium but he dug deep to win 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 6-2 6-3 and book a fourth-round meeting with Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

Andy Murray admits he had to win ugly to reach the US Open last 16 after the British number one battled past Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.

The Scot has still only dropped one set so far this year at Flushing Meadows but he made 63 unforced errors against Lorenzi - three times as many as he committed in either of his opening rounds.

After a poor second set, however, Murray tightened up in the third and fourth, pulling away from the Italian to seal a routine victory.

"It took me a little bit longer than I would have liked to work things out but I won, got through, and I didn't play good so I'm happy with that," Murray said.

"He's ranked 40 in the world. He's pretty good, so I expected a tough match. I expected long rallies.

"I'm just disappointed with the amount of errors I made. I was quite impatient at times. That cost me in the first and second sets.

"When I was more patient and waited for the right balls to go for I played much, much better and dictated more of the points. I wasn't going for too much.

"The unforced errors came down significantly and the winners went up. The third and fourth sets were comfortable. Obviously the first two were extremely, extremely tough."

Lorenzi had won only two grand slam matches in his whole career before this tournament, but the 34-year-old claimed his first ATP title in July and had knocked out France's Gilles Simon on Thursday.

"Maybe it's a matter of confidence," Murray said.

"When you win an ATP title at that age, maybe you realise, 'I'm much better than I thought'. Sometimes that can happen as well."

Britain now has three players - Murray, Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta - in the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time since 1964 when Michael Sangster, Graham Stilwell and Roger Taylor made it through in Australia.

Dan Evans almost made it four but spurned a match point in a five-set defeat to Stan Wawrinka.

"They have to win the matches and put in the work but they're really good players, all of them," Murray said.

"They all have a lot of strengths. Dan's an extremely good mover - very talented guy, great feel, great hands.

"Kyle has huge weapons on the court. And Jo doesn't have many weaknesses. They're very different players, different game styles, but they're all really good.

"That's why they are where they are. Again, whether all of them always believed that or not, I don't know.

"But now they certainly are backing themselves in the biggest tournaments on the biggest stages. It's great for British tennis."

Edmund takes on world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday, while Konta is up against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

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