Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (21)
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Andy Murray (3) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (9)
The defending champion was rusty yet again in his fourth round victory over the dangerous Denis Istomin, and were it not for Istomin's loose play in some crucial points, the match could well have gone the full distance. Particularly annoying for Murray were a high amount of unforced errors on the forehand, and he will know better than most, that if he doesn't step up the level of his play, his dream of retaining his first grand slam crown is going to go up in smoke. Stanislas Wawrinka is a big step up on Murray's previous opponents at Flushing Meadows, and the elegant Swiss was in spectacular form as he outplayed the big hitting Tomas Berdych in a fantastic victory in the round of 16. Murray knows firsthand that if he doesn't play at his best in this match he is going to be vulnerable to a defeat, as was the case at the US Open third round in 2010, when Wawrinka beat him in four sets. If both men play to their best level, we are going to witness a match of supreme shot making, with Murray's superior fitness and tactical mastery carrying him through in four high quality and well-fought sets against Wawrinka.