By Euro Weekly News Media • 04 September 2016 • 8:56
ANDY MURRAY: Safely through to fourth round alongside Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund.
BRITAIN has three players in the last-16 of a tennis Grand Slam since John Lloyd, Anne Hobbs and Jo Durie reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in 1985.
World number 64 Dan Evans almost made it four as he lost a five-set thriller to third seed Stan Wawrinka at the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Saturday, September 3.
Unlucky Evans had match point in the fourth set tie-break, but Wawrinka hung on for a 4-6 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 victory.
“It’s a tough one to take, I’m pretty happy to be part of a match like that but also to come off the court losing is a difficult one,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Andy Murray had to dig in to beat world number 40 Paolo Lorenzi 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-2 6-3.
The world number two thus joined Friday’s British winners Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta in the last 16.
“I stopped rushing in the rallies. I was making quite a few unforced errors,” said Murray, 29, following the attritional three hour and 17 minute battle against 40-year-old Lorenzi.
The Wimbledon and Olympic champion now faces Bulgarian 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the quarter-finals.
On Friday, Johanna Konta appeared to have conquered her health issues as she produced a convincing performance to see off Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1.
The 25-year-old 13th seed reached the same stage last year and made the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.
Edmund saw off big-serving American John Isner in his third round match, beating the 20th seed 6-4 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) for his first appearance in a Grand Slam fourth round.
The world number 84 had already whalloped 15th-ranked Richard Gasquet in round one.
Edmund will now face a potentially-rusty word number one Novak Djokovic, who has played just six games in the last two rounds after being handed walkovers due to his opponents’ injuries.
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