Andy Murray will know nothing but his best tennis will do when he plays Kevin Anderson in the men's singles fourth round at the 2015 US Open on Monday.
Murray has not always been at his best in this US Open, but he has managed to find the right shots in the right moments to make it to the fourth round. The fact that he has been struggling with a head cold might have also played its part, but in Anderson, Murray, who beat Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets in the third round, comes up against a seriously dangerous opponent.
"I [have] played some good matches against him in the past," Murray said Anderson. "I only lost to him once in Montreal. It was a very quick, easy match. I lost to him there. But apart from that, I've normally played quite well against him.
"He's obviously playing some good stuff. He won the tournament last week. He's had a couple of good wins here. [Dominic] Thiem is going to be one of the top players in the future. That was a pretty good win. It will be a tough one, for sure."
Anderson was quite impressive against Thiem, beating the talented Austrian, seeded 20, in straight sets, while the South African has dropped just one set in the tournament so far, in the first round.
Serving, not just big, but serving smart will be key for Anderson against Murray, who is considered one of the best returners in the game.
"Getting a lot of returns in play is something that throughout most of my career I've been good at," Murray said. "Often the big servers, they come into matches used to getting a lot of free points. It changes their mindset a little bit in the way they play the match and play the points.
"That's why I think I've had good success against them in the past. But they're always tough matches because you don't get loads of opportunities normally."
Anderson, though, has more weapons than the serve as he showed in the fourth round match against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. Djokovic needed to bring out his own wide array of strokes to ensure victory, after losing the first couple of sets.
The No.15 seed will look for a similar performance against Murray, but with a better result.
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Kevin Anderson vs Andy Murray is the third match at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The first match, starts at 11 am local time (8.30 pm IST, 4 pm BST). Ten Action will provide live coverage on TV of this fourth round match, with the online live streaming online option on Ten Sports Live.
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