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Murray: Patience is key

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Andy Murray admitted he was forced to win ugly to reach the last 16 of the US Open following a hard-fought victory over Italy's Paolo Lorenzi. 

Murray was far from his best in Arthur Ashe Stadium, making 63 unforced errors, 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.

And the Scot said his game improved as soon as he stopped trying to force winners.

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"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.

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"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."

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Britain has three players - Murray, Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta - in the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time since 1964, with Dan Evans almost making it four only to spurn 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," added Murray.

"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."

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