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Andy Murray dropped just 5 games against Grigor Dimitrov last night
Murray on song as he sets up Nishikori showdown.

ANDY MURRAY CRUSHED Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to reach a sixth US Open quarter-final on Monday night, clocking up a personal fast serve record in the process.

The reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion stormed to an impressive seventh win in 10 meetings against the 22nd-seeded Bulgarian.

From the moment Murray broke for a 3-1 lead in the first set, on the back of a lung-busting 32-shot rally, the outcome of the Arthur Ashe Stadium clash was never in doubt.

For good measure, Murray sent down his fastest ever serve of 141mph at the end of a set where he allowed Dimitrov just five points on his service.

“I once hit a 145mph serve in San Jose but they recalibrated the machine the next day so it didn’t count. Tonight was the first time I have gone above 140,” said the 29-year-old.

“It was lucky and I doubt I’ll ever do it again.”

Dimitrov broke only once in the match in the fourth game of the second set but it was a brief respite as Murray quickly reclaimed it before taking 10 of the next 12 games to seal the rout.

Dimitrov committed 43 unforced errors as Murray set up a last-eight clash with Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 runner-up who downed 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

- Nishikori -

Karlovic fired 21 aces in the contest but Nishikori’s 44 winners and a miserly seven unforced errors proved the key.

“It’s never easy facing someone serving like Ivo, never easy to return those kind of serves,” said Nishikori.

“But I tried to stay down. I have been returning well, so that also helped today. I think I played one of the best matches — serve, return, groundstrokes.”

- Del Potro -

Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, became the lowest ranked player in 25 years to reach the quarter-finals.

The 142nd-ranked del Potro was leading eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-3, 3-2 when the Austrian retired with a right knee injury.

Del Potro will face fellow Grand Slam title winner Stan Wawrinka for a semi-final spot.

Wawrinka, a former Australian and French Open champion, reached a fourth successive quarter-final in New York with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 win over Illya Marchenko, the world number 63 from Ukraine.

Del Potro is playing just his second Grand Slam event since the 2014 Australian Open.

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Earlier this year, he was on the brink of retirement after undergoing three wrist surgeries.

“You never want to win a match like this. I wish Dominic a quick recovery as he has a great future,” said 27-year-old del Potro, the lowest-ranked man in the last-eight since Jimmy Connors, at 174, went all the way to semi-finals in 1991.

Should del Potro make the semi-finals he would be the lowest-ranked man to do so at a Grand Slam since 237th-ranked Vladimir Voltchkov at Wimbledon in 2000. No man ranked as low as del Potro has ever made the final of a major.

- Last eight -

The first two quarter-finals take place on Tuesday when defending champion Novak Djokovic faces France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille, the conqueror of Rafael Nadal, tackles French compatriot Gael Monfils.

© AFP 2016

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