Sep 4 2012
Andy Murray reflected with pride on making an eighth straight grand slam quarter-final as he prepared to face Marin Cilic at the US Open on Wednesday.
Since the US Open in 2010, Murray has managed one quarter-final, four semi-finals and two finals at the sport's biggest tournaments as well as winning an Olympic gold medal.
Murray said: "I've played well in the slams and most of the big events over the last couple of years. That's what I want to be doing at this stage of my career."
He went on: "I said it didn't matter how many Masters Series or whatever I won or how well I played in them, I just always got asked about my performances in the slams. So it seemed like that was the only thing anyone was bothered about.
"I'm glad my consistency has been better in them. I have played my best tennis in the slams, and I hope it can continue.
"But it's not an easy thing to do to make eight straight quarter-finals. Roger's made 34 consecutive quarters. That's an unbelievable record. But I'm happy with the way I've been playing in slams, for sure."
The third seed produced one of his best performances of the season to completely nullify the threat of big-serving Milos Raonic in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows on Monday night.
That performance was a timely return to top form after he had struggled past Feliciano Lopez in oppressive heat and humidity on Saturday.
The 25-year-old had said after that match he hoped being physically tested would stand him in good stead for the tougher tests to come, and Murray will go into Wednesday's encounter feeling confident.
He said: "Physically I'm feeling better than I did at the beginning of the tournament. I've had a couple of long matches, so that's good. It's good to play a match like that (against Raonic) at this stage of the tournament. It gives me some confidence going into the next round for sure because I didn't feel great after the last round."